Stephanie Grisham press secretary — US President Donald Trump has named Stephanie Grisham, a close associate of his wife Melania, the White House Press Secretary, said Tuesday the first lady of the United States.
“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 ” tweeted Ms. Trump.
Ms. Grisham will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is leaving her position at the end of June. She will also serve as Director of Communications for the White House, continued the first lady, a more strategic position.
After Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham is the third person to win the prestigious – but highly exposed – Press Secretary position under the Trump administration.
Her mission is to highlight and defend the positions of the administration, but also respond to aggressive outbursts or provocative tweets of the US president, against the media in particular.
Stephanie Grisham arrives with Donald Trump with the experience of a much less exposed position, that of director of communication of the first lady.
Melania Trump’s activities at the White House – including her #BeBest Child Welfare Campaign – receive little media coverage.
Mrs Grisham, on the other hand, is a loyal Donald Trump supporter, having joined the presidential campaign in 2015 and has earned a reputation as a tough interlocutor at the office of the “First Lady”.
Confronted with a controversy over a jacket worn by Melania Trump in June 2018 “I really don’t care, do you? “, Stephanie Grisham fiercely defended her boss. ” It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe,” said Ms. Grisham, about Ms. Trump’s visit to undocumented children on the border with Mexico.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, very close to Donald Trump who praised the fighting spirit of this “warrior” by announcing her departure in mid-June, has broken in recent months with a tradition firmly established, the daily briefing in the press room of the House White.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also known for her confrontational exchanges with reporters, echoing Donald Trump’s “Fake News” media rhetoric.
“Stephanie Grisham will be a great asset to the President and the country. I am sad to leave the White House, but happy to leave our team in such good hands,” tweeted Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Stephanie Grisham will also face another challenge: the presidential speech of a president who particularly loves the direct link with the media and the Americans, via Twitter.