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Stephanie Grisham

Trump picks Melania's spokesperson as new White House press secretary

Sarah Sanders stood down earlier this month.

DONALD TRUMP HAS today named Stephanie Grisham – until now the spokeswoman for his wife Melania – as chief White House press secretary.

The appointment was announced by Melania Trump on Twitter. She replaces the outgoing Sarah Sanders, who has been sharply criticised for rarely briefing journalists who cover the White House.

Grisham will also hold the more strategic post of communications director, the first lady tweeted.

“I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director!” Melania Trump wrote. “She has been with us since 2015 – @POTUS & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country.”

Grisham is a Trump loyalist, having joined his presidential campaign back in 2015 and won a reputation as a tough operator in the first lady’s office.

Melania Trump’s White House activities – principally a campaign for helping children that she calls #BeBest – receive relatively little media attention.

With reporting from - © AFP 2019

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