Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, Melania Trump, watches as President Donald Trump and the first lady welcome the participants during the annual congressional picnic on the South Lawn, Friday, 21. June 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Stephanie Grisham, a top assistant, first wife Melania Trump, was chosen to replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced on Tuesday.
Grisham, the a reputation as a resolute defender of the first lady during her tenure as a spokeswoman, the White House communications director.
To proclaim “I am me @StephGrisham45 the next @PressSec & Comms Director tweeted!” the first lady. “You can serve with us for 2015 – @potus & I’m not a better person, the administration and our country. Excited Stephanie have been working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse.”
During a recent “Fox & Friends” interview, President, Trump said: “a lot of people” were angling for the gig. The question about the possibility of the choice of Grisham, the President said, “Stephanie is terrific.” Grisham the trump card of the campaign, the press went operational in the year 2015.
Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, Melania Trump, at the Orlando International Airport before President Donald Trump’s re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center Tuesday, November 18. June, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Sanders announced her plans to step down as White House press secretary earlier this month. On Tuesday, Sanders tweeted that Grisham “it is an incredible asset to the President and the country.”
“I’m sad to leave the WH, but so happy, let our team in such good hands,” said Sanders. “Stephanie is doing a phenomenal job. Proud to have a mom and a good friend to have in this role.”
The role of the White House press secretary, while still prominent, has management over the trump.
Under Sanders, the traditional TV press briefings in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, are largely gone. Earlier this year, the President said, he told Sanders “disturbing” to say the regular briefings and more, the press covers your “grossly inaccurate.” It is now becoming more common for the White House spokesman to reporters ‘ questions in informal gaggles outside of the West Wing.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, worked for her father’s presidential campaign during the 2016 Republican primary until he dropped out of the race. Then, she was a member of the trump campaign, and subsequently the trump administration, White House communications aide. She was promoted to White House press secretary in the year 2017, after the President, the first top spokesman, Sean Spicer, resigned from the position.
Fox News’ Matt Leach contributed to this report.