Hours after it was announced he was appointed to the vacant role, Scaramucci stood behind the podium during Friday’s White House press briefing and proclaimed his “love” for Trump and his administration.
“I love the president and I’m very, very loyal to the president and I love the mission that the president has,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci reiterated his admiration for Trump and his administration over and over again during the briefing while speaking to reporters about his excitement level in taking over the job. He referenced the word “love” so much during the briefing that CNN compiled a mashup and played it on air.
Watch a video of all the times Scaramucci referenced “love” below:
Perhaps the reason for Scaramucci professing his “love” for the president is to counteract some things he’s previously said about his new boss.
Sitting in as a guest on Fox Business Network in August 2015, Scaramucci let Trump have it, calling him a “hack politician” and insisting that he had been engaging in “anti-American rhetoric.”
Watch that segment of the show below:
In his comments during the press briefing, Scaramucci addressed the remarks, saying he should have never had said them.
“It was one of the biggest mistakes I made,” Scaramucci said. “I was an unexperienced person in politics, I was supporting another candidate. I should have never said that about him.
“So, Mr. President, if you’re listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that.”
Scaramucci once worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012 and had endorsed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and then Governor Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential race. Once Bush bowed out, he was hired onto the Trump campaign.
But Scaramucci’s continuous use of the word “love” during the press briefing bothered some, who reacted sarcastically on social media.
The same day Scaramucci was hired, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation. A report from The New York Times claimed that Spicer “vehemently disagreed” with the decision to hire Scaramucci because of his background in finance, not communications.
As a result, Spicer had vowed to step down from his position if Scaramucci was hired, and he followed through with that promise once the hiring was announced.
But a differing report from Politico on the decision said that Spicer was “gracious” and offered praise for Scaramucci, offering to help with his transition into the role.
Spicer will continue in the role through August, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been named the new press secretary.