‘I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady…’
UPDATE: President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new staffers as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
Kayleigh McEnany, a top Trump campaign spokeswoman, will take over as Trump’s fourth press secretary. Also returning to the White House: Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah. She will lead strategic communications, according to a senior administration official familiar with the moves who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decisions had not been formally announced.
McEnany is already a regular defender of the president on television, due to her role with his reelection campaign. Farah has deep ties to the White House, having served in the past as press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence and as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s communications director.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: (Liberty Headlines) White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving her post nine months into the job.
Grisham will assume a new role as chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump.
She had continued to represent the first lady while also holding the titles of press secretary and White House communications director since June of last year.
Mrs. Trump made the announcement Tuesday.
The overhaul comes as the president is facing the biggest crisis of his administration.
Grisham, who succeeded Sarah Sanders and Sean Spicer, had been sidelined during the Wuhan virus pandemic and since Mark Meadows, the president’s new chief of staff, began to assume control.
Over the last several weeks, Trump has been personally leading near-daily press briefings.
Meadows is currently considering several new hires, including current Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany and Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah, according to two people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Grisham had said when she took on the role that she was willing to hold press briefings, but later said Trump didn’t want her to.
The role of press secretary has been a particularly challenging one under Trump, who believes himself to be his best spokesman, communications director and strategist.
“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.”
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.