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New White House press secretary named; Stephanie Grisham out

Stephanie Grisham (The White House/WikiCommons)

Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job of White House press secretary without ever holding a media briefing.

Grisham announced Tuesday that she’ll be exiting her West Wing role under President Donald Trump and returning as chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump. Lindsay Reynolds resigned from the East Wing role earlier this week to spend more time with her family, according to a statement from Mrs. Trump’s office.

“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and first lady in the administration,” Grisham said in a statement. “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.”

Grisham never held a press conference in nine months on the job at Trump’s communications office.

CNN and The New York Times report Kayleigh McEnany, a campaign spokeswoman for President Trump and a vocal defender on television, will replace Grisham as White House press secretary.

CNN reports Trump’s new chief of staff Mark Meadows, who replaced Mick Mulvaney last month, was considering several candidates to replace Grisham as White House press secretary, including Alyssa Farah, the current spokeswoman for the Defense Department and a former press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.

McEnany, 31, is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School who frequently supported President Trump on TV before formally joining his 2020 re-election campaign. She fills a role previously held by Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


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