Moments ago, First Lady Melania Trump announced Stephanie Grisham will be the next Press Secretary and Communications Director, replacing Sarah Sanders.
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
Stephanie Grisham, who has been first lady Melania Trump’s spokesperson since March 2017, will be the next White House press secretary, replacing Sarah Sanders.
The first lady announced the decision in a tweet 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,” Melania Trump wrote.
The wording implied that Grisham will also continue to serve in her current role, but there was no immediate confirmation.
Sanders’s last day is Friday. President Trump announced Sanders’s departure on June 13 and Yahoo News subsequently reported that Grisham was the leading contender to replace her. At the time, one source close to the president said Grisham’s role fighting negative coverage of the first lady made her the “best fit” for the press secretary role.
“She’s defended Melania and shown that she’s definitely up for the street-fighter aspect of this,” the source said of Grisham.
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.