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Press Secretary: No Plans to Bring the Briefings Back

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Monday said the White House has no plans to bring back the daily briefing.

“Ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can. Right now, he’s doing just fine,” Grisham said. “To be honest, the briefings had become a lot of theater.”

She noted the benefit accruing to the reporters.

“They are writing books now. I mean, they are all getting famous off of this presidency, and so I think it’s great what we are doing now,” Grisham said.

It’s a shame there are no televised briefings, they can be a useful way to hold the White House to account. And forcing the White House to think through its answers helps the president and his aides organize and settle their policies. Grisham should at least allow off-camera briefings, which also, long ago, used to occur on a daily basis a few hours before the televised briefing.

But unfortunately, the White House press corps has lost the credibility to make these arguments.

Many members of the White House press corps are serious journalists trying to do their job. But there are also many who are obviously out to get President Trump. And others who might not have an agenda, but who regularly fail to check their bias at the White House gate. And, of course, a few who are complete showboaters, just looking for attention.

Melania Aide Stephanie Grisham to Become WH Press Secretary and Comms Director

Sarah Sanders has a replacement. Stephanie Grisham is tough and loyal to Trump.

Here she is in action:

According to the Washington Examiner:

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.