Trump launches Melania Trump spokesman Stephanie Grisham as next head of the White House press
"I am pleased to announce that @SphphRisham45 will be the next director of @PressSec & Comms! She is with us since 2015 – @POTUS & I can not think of a better person to serve of the administration and our country Stephanie works for both sides of @WhiteHouse #BeBest Melanie Trump publishes.
President Donald Trump did not look too far for his next press secretary in Grisham, who for the past two years was the communications director for the first lady. Grisham will keep his current job.
However, Trump has changed his duties before handing over the reins of Grisham, whose scope will include a wider range of responsibility than that of her predecessor Sarah Sanders, and yet another unprecedented administration in this respect. Trump has appointed Grisham as Director of the White House for Communications as well as the press secretary. Grisham will take on the role that previously had Bill Sheen, who left for White House Director in March, and Sanders, who said her last day would be that Friday.
In addition, Grisham will continue to be responsible for Ist Wing's communications, in addition to her new responsibilities from West Wing, she remains the spokeswoman for the first lady, the official says.
Grisham has a Trump team longer than anyone in the White House, with the exception of Dan Skavino, both of whom started the Trump campaign in 2015. Before that, Grisham was working as a spokesman and communications operator , mostly in Republican politics, in his native state of Arizona; in 2012 she works for the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney. Prior to joining Trump's campaign, she operated with her own Arizona Public Relations and Communications Company but decided to engage in the role of traveling director of the press after cooperating in July 2015 for the Phoenix rally the then candidate Trump.
Once a part of the campaign, Grisham understood the media as Trump chased the country. After Trump took office, Grisham served as Deputy Press Secretary in the West Wing during Sean Spieser's term.
However, Grisham soon attracted the attention of the first lady, Melania Trump, who was impressed by Grisham's help during the first visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Aki Abe to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach , Florida, in February 2017. By the end of March, Grisham had moved to the Eastern Wing.
During her time with the first lady, Grisham handled much of the responsibility of the presence of the first lady, where she became a persistent, though a caustic, defender. Called as a "lender" in the Washington Post profile of 2018, Grisham's job is to thwart as much criticism as possible on the first lady on topics ranging from picking cyberbullying as part of her platform to Trump's need from confidentiality during a secret kidney surgery last April. Grisham has also overcome the PR for apparently opposing views of the first lady before those of the president and directed Melanie Trump's silence in the face of titles about Trump's supposed untruths that he denies.
During the Stormy Daniels scandal, when a silent first lady made some public appearances, Grisham fired a twitter, questioningly excited stories about the marriage of the first couple.
" As long as I know the media is enjoying gossip speculation, I would like to remind people that a minor child whose name should be kept out of the news whenever possible, "wrote Grisham.
But Grisham's participation in one of Melanie Trump's greatest plays, which received the greatest attention. As sparring with East Wing staff escalated following a refusal of Africa's first single lady's trip, Grisham issued a statement calling for the dismissal of Mira Ricardel, a longtime civil servant and Trump's national security deputy adviser.
Ricardel, who was not particularly loved by those who worked with her, and Grisham, one head on the trip to Africa, and Ricardel has not forgotten him by making a mission continue his enmity in the coming weeks. After interfering with Ricardel's western wing, the first lady agreed that Grisham would issue a statement saying: "The position of the First Lady's office is that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House."
Within two days, Ricardel was fired from the White House by the president, and Melania Trump said that she and her staff should not be entangled.