United States president, Donald Trump on Tuesday named Stephanie Grisham who was until now the spokeswoman for his wife Melania, as chief White House press secretary.
The appointment, announced by Melania Trump on Twitter, replaces the outgoing Sarah Sanders, who has been sharply criticized for rarely briefing journalists who cover the White House.
Grisham will also hold the more strategic post of communications director, the first lady tweeted.
She is also stepping into the job at a time when the White House has seemingly halted formal press briefings. As of Tuesday, it’s been 106 days since the last briefing on March 11. That briefing was only the second to take place in 2019. At this point last year, the White House held 44 press briefings.
Grisham joined Trump’s campaign in 2015 and is one of few remaining aides who served on the president’s campaign still working in the White House.
I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019
“I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director!” Melania Trump wrote. “She has been with us since 2015 – @POTUS & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country.
Grisham worked directly for Trump after he took office in 2017. She was a deputy press secretary in the West Wing before she was tapped in March of that year to run communications for the first lady. She will continue to serve the first lady in her new capacity.
Grisham will succeed Sanders, whose resignation is effective at the end of the month.
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