Stephanie Grisham Leaving Role As White House Press Secretary, CNN Reports

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving her role and is joining the East Wing to serve as chief of staff and spokesperson First Lady Melania Trump.

The move comes after Mark Meadows took over duties as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.

Grisham served just over one year in the role, but never held a traditional press briefing, which was once a daily ritual among her predecessors.

She instead suggested that the briefings were not imperative because Trump frequently took questions from reporters.

The president has also taken on the role of daily briefer himself during the coronavirus crisis, with nightly press conferences that sometimes stretch to two hours. Grisham also has not been a prominent public figure during the crisis, as Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has taken the lead role in communications on the pandemic task force.

CNN first reported on Grisham’s departure.

 

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