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Stephanie Grisham will be next White House press secretary

Stephanie Grisham spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald Trump and the first lady greet attendees during the annual Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn in Washington. First lady Melania Trump First lady’s communications director to succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary
Patty Aguilar | 25 June, 2019, 20:58

First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday afternoon announced on Twitter that her spokeswoman would succeed Sarah Sanders as the White House press secretary.

Prior to that, she served as a press aide for Donald Trump's first presidential campaign and on his transition team, worked on Republican Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and ran her own small public relations firm.

Grisham will be accompanying the President in her new capacity on his trip to Japan and Korea this week. "Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the White House".

A 2018 Daily Beast report, citing three sources who worked with Grisham on the 2016 campaign trail, stated the incoming White House press secretary is both a "highly competent" and "self-aware" communications specialist, who periodically enjoys "trolling the press" in statements.

The news doesn't come as a complete surprise given that the first lady had dropped a few hints during the selection process.

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Other potential candidates thought to be under consideration were Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, former State Department spokesman Heather Nauert and Tony Sayegh, who recently left his job as Treasury Department spokesman. Earlier this year, the president said he told Sanders "not to bother" giving those regular briefings anymore, saying the press covers her "rudely and inaccurately". Before joining Trump's campaign, she was operating her own public relations and communications company in Arizona, but made a decision to commit to the role of traveling press director after assisting with a July 2015 rally in Phoenix by then-candidate Trump.

A former senior White House official called Grisham "the ultimate Trump loyalist".

Sarah Sanders speaks as President Donald Trump holds an event about second chance hiring and criminal justice reform in the East Room of the White House, June 13, 2019.

"She's been with him from the very beginning. She is a rockstar and flawless to fill Sarah's shoes!" he said. She's proven her chops with the First Lady's Office, which has avoided the missteps that often plagued the West Wing press staff. She's tough as nails.

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