Stephanie Grisham steps down as White House press secretary
Stephanie Grisham stepped down as White House press secretary on Tuesday to rejoin the first lady’s office.
Grisham told Axios last week that she was unaware of the transition. Mark Meadows, who replaced Mick Mulvaney as White House Chief of Staff on March 31, reportedly held private discussions to replace Grisham with Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany.
“Sounds like more palace intrigue to me, but I’ve also been in quarantine,” Grisham said. “If true, how ironic that the press secretary would hear about being replaced in the press.”
Grisham formerly held the role of communications director in the East Wing before accepting her most recent role as press secretary last summer. She will now assume the role as chief of staff and spokeswoman for Melania Trump.
Melania put out a statement on Tuesday to formally announce the transition:
“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role. 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.”
Grisham will replace Lindsay Reynolds, who served the first lady for over three years. Reynolds stepped down earlier this week to spend time with family.
Kayleigh McEnany, who previously served as spokeswoman for Trump’s 2020 campaign, is expected to take over for Grisham, according to two sources. Grisham stated in a tweet that she will remain in the West Wing for as long as needed to help with a smooth transition.
“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration,” Grisham said.
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