Stephanie Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

Posted: Apr 07, 2020 10:34 AM
Stephanie Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

UPDATE: Grisham thanks President Trump for the opportunity.

UPDATE: Grisham will be replaced by Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.


White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who held the title for less than a year, is reportedly heading back to the East Wing to serve under First Lady Melania Trump. She previously served as the first lady's communications chief.

The Office of the First Lady released the following statement:

First Lady Melania Trump is today announcing that Stephanie Grisham will be rejoining the East Wing full time as Chief of Staff and Spokesperson.
“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” stated First Lady Melania Trump.  “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.  I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration,” stated Grisham. “ 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.”
Lindsay Reynolds resigned early this week to spend time with her family. Stephanie will begin her role as Chief of Staff effective immediately.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders remains the longest serving press secretary under President Trump, having held the role from 2017 to 2019. Sean Spicer's entertaining tenure expired in six months, while the combative Anthony Scaramucci lasted just 11 days.

As more than one journalist has noted, Grisham never held a press briefing from the White House.

But there's no winning with the White House press corps.