The White House has announced that Stephanie Grisham will be Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ replacement as White House press secretary.
Grisham has been first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman since 2015.
The first lady announced the move on her Twitter account on Tuesday.
“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,” Trump wrote.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019
There was some confusion as to whether Grisham was to serve in both positions, if only temporarily.
Sanders is vacating the position this week.
“She’s defended Melania and shown that she’s definitely up for the street-fighter aspect of this,” a source speaking of Grisham told Yahoo News.
During her time heading Melania Trump’s communications operation, Grisham earned a reputation as the first lady’s “enforcer” by aggressively attacking critics. Last November, Grisham played a role in the removal of Mira Ricardel, a staffer who clashed with the first lady during a trip to Africa the prior month. Melania Trump came to believe that Ricardel was responsible for leaking negative stories about her office. Melania Trump and Grisham pushed for Ricardel’s ouster and when no action was taken, Grisham released a blistering statement to Yahoo News and other media outlets.
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Grisham said.
Ricardel was ousted soon afterward.
The incident reportedly earned Grisham much goodwill inside the White House.
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