White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is departing her post to return to the East Wing as First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, the White House announced Tuesday. The news was first reported by CNN.
Why it matters: Grisham will leave after nine months without ever having held a formal press briefing. Her departure follows the arrival of new White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has a chance to overhaul a communications shop that’s kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.
- As Axios reported last week, Meadows has privately discussed replacing Grisham with Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany.
- Grisham told Axios last week: “Sounds like more palace intrigue to me, but I’ve also been in quarantine. If true, how ironic that the press secretary would hear about being replaced in the press.”
- Melania Trump’s previous chief of staff, Lindsey Reynolds, resigned earlier this week to spend more time with her family, according to the White House.
What they’re saying:
- Melania Trump: “I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role. She has been a mainstay and true leader in the Administration from even before day one, and I know she will excel as Chief of Staff. I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
- Grisham: “I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration. My replacements will be announced in the coming days and I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed.”
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Axios