Stephanie Grisham, the spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, has been announced as the replacement for former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
When did Sarah Sanders leave?
On June 13, President Donald Trump announced that Sanders was leaving the administration. She had been with the White House since Trump’s inauguration, and had taken over the duties of press secretary after Sean Spicer’s resignation in July 2017.
Who is Stephanie Grisham?
Grisham has been with Melania Trump since the campaign. She had been considered one of the most likely candidates to replace Sanders.
A source close to the Trump administration told the Daily Wire “Grisham is pure Trump,” adding “she holds down the East Wing with ease and has no loyalties to any faction within the Republican Party. Members of the first family love her and know that she is fiercely dedicated and loyal.” She was also described by that source as a “favorite of Trump loyalists.”
According to the Washington Post, Grisham was also a driving force between Trump’s decision to fire former-deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel.
Prior to joining Trump’s team, Grisham had worked for Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) presidential campaign in 2012.
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
In response, Sanders tweeted that she thought Grisham would be “an incredible asset to the President and the country.”