Stephanie Grisham, the spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, will replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary and will fill the vacant post of communications director.
The first lady announced the combined role for Grisham on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that “@potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country.”
A 2016 Trump campaign veteran who built a close relationship with the first lady, Grisham emerged as a heavy frontrunner for the press secretary position last week, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
Grisham, 42, benefited from having many supporters close to Trump. Although not a frequent television surrogate, she’s viewed as intensely loyal to the president and unafraid to take on adversaries.
“I don’t think Sarah was as sharp as her. Grisham won’t hesitate to slide that knife into someone’s back, which is what you need. This is the White House,” one supporter close to the White House said.
In November, Grisham commanded headlines with an unusual statement calling for the ouster of Mira Ricardel, a National Security Council official with whom the first lady clashed on a trip to Africa. Ricardel quickly lost her job.
Many other former associates described her as pleasant to work with, despite her tough reputation.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee confirmed Friday that his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, may make a run for his old job — but stressed that there’s no rush for the outgoing White House press secretary to launch a bid for the top office in Little Rock.
“The race isn’t until 2022, so for all the people who are thinking that this is imminent, it isn’t,” Huckabee told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt during an interview on his show Friday morning.
“It’s a ways away. So the answer is: she might, but she might not,” Huckabee said. “She may decide that she doesn’t want to jump in that sausage grinder.”
President Trump offered a tremendous tribute Tuesday night to Sarah Sanders, a woman who has been unfairly maligned and whose family has been attacked because of her role as a spokeswoman for the White House.
I’ve covered many presidents and dealt with many press secretaries. Every reporter knows and accepts that the job of a press secretary is to put the best face on events for the president. To that end, they ALL make statements that are misleading. They have to. They omit certain facts, offer up information intended to make people think something is true that is not quite right, and exaggerate.
They all do it. But not all of them have had to testify before a prosecutor about their statements.
But under Sander, the press suddenly decided that it needed absolute gospel truth from a press secretary, and shamefully tagged her as a liar. She at one point, as she admitted to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, exaggerated the opposition to James Comey in the FBI. For that, reporters are seeking to eternally brand her a liar.
I hope they were all able to keep their doctor if they liked their doctor and keep their insurance if they liked their insurance under Obamacare. I hope so.
This is a video I took Monday in the briefing room at the White House. Gives you a bit of an idea what it’s like to be in the room with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the reporters.
Here, she argues that the media are partially responsible for the divisions in the country and says just maybe they could occasionally say something nice about President Trump:
You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this President does is negative, despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the President is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected. And he got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him, and wanted to see his policies enacted.
He’s delivered on that. He’s delivered on the promises he’s made. And, if anything, I think it is sad and divisive the way that every single thing that comes out of the media — 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouth is negative about this President, despite the fact that the economy is booming, despite the fact he said he would fix the trade deals.
He said he would defeat ISIS and he has. The President has been delivering day in and day out. And I think it would be nice if, every once and a while, we could focus on a few of the positive things the President has done, instead of just attacking him.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders went on offense Thursday morning, saying it was ridiculous to suggest President Trump is responsible for the suspicious packages sent to Democrats and slamming the media for assuming Trump was at fault.
Sanders appeared in a sort of mini-press conference at the White House. She said:
The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a republican baseball filed practice last year. The idea that this is at the hand of the president is absolutely ridiculous.
Right. Where was all the talk about Sanders’ incendiary rhetoric after that happened?
You guys continue to focus only on the negative. And there is a role to play. Yesterday the very first thing the president did was come out and condemn the violence. The very first thing your network did was come out and accuse the president of being responsible for it. That is not okay.
As she suggests, she can’t say otherwise because she speaks for the president, and the president has said the press IS the enemy of the people.
As I’ve noted, I do not think President Trump should be calling the press the enemy of the people, whatever its faults. But CNN’s Acosta ironically reveals in his questioning one reason the press has become such a target.
The protocol in the press room, and among the press in general, used to be to simply ask questions, not make statements. We took ourselves out of it. I once stood next to Nelson Mandela and didn’t try to shake hands with him because that would make me part of the story. And I wasn’t the story.
Acosta makes statements. He makes it about himself. He makes it about the press, not about getting information. He’s done this repeatedly, as do others.
When you are a player in the dialogue, you open yourself up to attack. The press needs to go back to reporting the news and working a lot harder to get their bias out of what they report.
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