First lady Melania Trump announced on Tuesday that her Director of Communications, Stephanie Grisham, was being promoted to be the next White House Press Secretary and Communications Director.
“I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director!” Trump tweeted. “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”
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
President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that current White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was leaving the administration, tweeting: “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. She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
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
Immediately following Trump’s announcement, multiple sources close to the president told The Daily Wire that Grisham is the person that they wanted to be the next press secretary. The Daily Wire reported:
A source close to the White House told The Daily Wire on Thursday night Grisham “has proven herself to be a stone-cold killer” and that “no one else comes close” to being able to match Grisham in her ability to command problems that arise.
The source said that Grisham was a “risk-free move for the administration in the run-up to perhaps the most important election in American history.”
“Grisham is pure Trump,” the source said. “She holds down the East Wing with ease and has no loyalties to any faction within the Republican Party. Members of the first family love her and know that she is fiercely dedicated and loyal.”
Another source, a Trump ally close to the President and the Trump family, told The Daily Wire: “Stephanie Grisham is a favorite of Trump loyalists, many in the national press corps, and most important, the Trump family. The First Lady loves Stephanie’s tenacity and loyalty, and President Trump has remarked that he respects Stephanie’s ability to stay cool under pressure and manage the toughest of news cycles. Stephanie might not be the first name that comes to mind for this role, but she’s the one person inside or outside the building who everyone nods their head and says, ‘She’d be great.'”
A third source, who is a former high-level Trump administration official, told The Daily Wire: “Stephanie is one of the last remaining Trump ‘originals’ in the White House. She’s been with him since the beginning, is unquestionably loyal and has the respect of the press corps. She’d be a total home run as press secretary — both for the President and his supporters.”
A Washington Post profile on Grisham from December 2018 said that Grisham, who has been with Trump since the first month that he launched his presidential campaign in 2015, had grown to become “one of the more powerful figures in the ever-evolving Trump White House” and in the title of the piece referred to Grisham as “Melania Trump’s enforcer.”