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Melania Trump's aide named new White House press secretary


First lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who worked on Donald Trump's campaign, will replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary.

Melania Trump has announced that her long-time spokeswoman and confidante will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary.

Stephanie Grisham has been with US President Donald Trump since 2015 when he launched his presidential campaign.

"Stephanie has been with me from the beginning, as most of you know," Mr Trump told reporters during an unrelated White House event on Tuesday.

"And then over the last couple years, she's worked for the first lady, done a fantastic job. The first lady loves her, thinks she's been, you know, just incredible. She's very talented."

Trump Names Stephanie Grisham, Aide to First Lady, as White House Press Secretary
Trump Names Stephanie Grisham, Aide to First Lady, as White House Press Secretary.
New York Times

She will also take on the role of White House communications director, a strategic and forward-looking role that has been vacant since March.

Ms Grisham will also accompany Mr Trump on a trip to Japan and South Korea on Wednesday.

The first lady announced the news on Twitter, saying she "can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country".

"Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse," Melania Trump said.

Ms Grisham worked directly for Mr Trump after he took office in 2017.

She was a deputy press secretary in the West Wing before she was tapped in March of that year to run communications for the first lady. She will continue to serve the first lady in her new capacity.

Ms Sanders, whose last day at the White House is Friday, will be remembered mostly for ending daily White House briefings and sparring with reporters.

Mr Trump seemed to suggest relations would not be as contentious under Ms Grisham's leadership.

"She actually gets along with the media," the president told reporters. He said Grisham accepted the job after he offered it on Tuesday morning.

Before joining Mr Trump's campaign, Ms Grisham worked in Republican politics in Arizona as a spokeswoman and communications adviser for elected officials facing scandals.

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