According to sources familiar with the selection process, Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, seems to be the front runner to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Grisham, a former Trump campaign aide who has served in the White House since Trump took office, is known as a shrewd tactician loyal to the first family. But most significant to her candidacy, is that she meets President Trump’s top criteria. The President has insisted that whomever replaces Sanders should be a woman.
“When he says he wants a woman, he wants a woman,” a source familiar with the selection process told the Washington Examiner. According to the Examiner, another unnamed source, who the paper identified only as a “former Trump aide,” said “the president really wants to have a woman fill this role,” adding Trump has mentioned both Grisham and former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as possible successors to Sanders.
Grisham, 42, is a beloved East Wing figure and has many supporters close to Trump. In November, she issued 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. As some indication of Grisham’s influence, Ricardel quickly lost her job.
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A single mother of two sons, Grisham followed Trump to Washington from Arizona, where she worked for state Republicans including then-Attorney General Tom Horne. In 2012, she was part of GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign.
The Examiner says that while working as a traveling press secretary on the 2016 Trump campaign, she was so dedicated she did not see her son, Jake — who was then eight — for five-and-a-half months. Her older son has now graduated from high school.
A shortlist of four contenders in the aftermath of Sanders’ surprise departure announcement June 13 featured Grisham, Nauert, outgoing Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh, and Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.
Anthony Scaramucci, who was White House communications director for 11 days in 2017, was a name that has also been floated by the media.
“Well, I like Anthony, and he’s been very nice and all but I think Anthony—he should stay where he is right now,” Trump said, speaking to the hosts of Fox and Friends on Friday, June 14. “And he’s doing a good job and let’s keep it that way for a little while.”
He added that “Stephanie is terrific” and “We have a lot of great people. We have a lot of people to choose from.
Perhaps this writer failed to finish the sentence: “Contenders for the next press secretary include Melania Trump’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham, current White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, and former Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh.” I adore Melanie, she is gorgeous, poised and very intelligent but not right for the positon of press secretary. Why would Trump want to put his lovely wife through that kind of torture!
Pres. Trump will chose a great spokesperson to take on Sarah’s position. He has an uncanny way of deciding on
the right person. His very first decision was Pence and proved to be his very best! He has gone through more
crazy things as always in the White House. He is well grounded on who to trust and he will make a great decision.
Amazing the ones that have left seem to still be great still pro-Trump and he was very insightful with his
decisions that seem to have to be made often with people moving on for various reasons. Sarah was an all-time
great decision and hard to replace.
Melania would be excellent in every way but I don’t think she should be subjected to the stress of dealing with hateful media.
Stephanie worked for Romney?? Hmmmm!!
Kellyanne isn’t being considered? She is tough and the Presidents greatest asset!!
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