White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving that role to become First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokeswoman. President Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany will replace Grisham as White House press secretary.
The first lady announced Tuesday in a statement: “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.” Grisham said in the statement: “I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration. I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed.”
Grisham, 43, had served as the first lady’s communications chief before taking on the additional roles of White House press secretary and communications director last June. In her more than nine months as White House press secretary, Grisham never held a traditional briefing in the White House press room — a regular task for nearly all other modern press secretaries.
Lindsay Reynolds, who served as Melania Trump’s chief of staff for more than three years, resigned earlier this week “to spend time with her family,” the first lady’s statement said, adding: “I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
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