Melania Trump on Tuesday announced that Stephanie Grisham will succeed Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary and communications director.
Grisham, the first lady’s trusted press secretary for the past two years, will take over for Sanders when she leaves the Trump administration at the end of the month.
“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 tweeted.
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
Grisham had been considered the frontrunner to fill the spot. She has run a tight ship in the first lady’s office, and President Donald Trump and his wife are said to value her loyalty and discretion.
Trump announced Sanders’ departure in mid-June, also by way of tweet, and seemed to hint at Sanders’ ambitions for the office of Arkansas governor.
After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Stephanie Grisham has big shoes to fill
Among conservatives, Sanders was widely admired for her blunt, no-nonsense style and willingness to smack down reporters and other media figures.
In March, a relaxed-looking Sanders casually blasted reporters outside the White House following news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had effectively cleared the president of colluding with Russia. Sanders said Democrats and the media should be “embarrassed” by their behavior over the previous two years.
Liberals, meanwhile, excoriated Sanders as a mouthpiece for Trump and accused her on various occasions of lying to justify the president’s rhetoric. There was general relief on the left at news of her departure, with some calling for her to be shunned henceforth.
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