When reporters asked President Trump about his decision to appoint Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, to serve as press secretary and White House communications director, Trump first spouted off about her loyalty to the Trump family. Prior to that, Grisham worked as a spokeswoman and communications operative, mostly in Republican politics, in her home state of Arizona; in 2012, she briefly worked on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. She will also take on the role of White House communications director, a strategic and forward-looking role that has been vacant since March.
Stephanie Grisham, who serves as the first lady's deputy chief of staff and communications director, will fill the vacancy left by Sarah Sanders. Given the first lady's official focus on nonpartisan issues, Grisham has so far largely avoided the kinds of controversies around Sanders. Trump seemed to suggest relations would not be as contentious under Grisham's leadership.
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The president also spoke warmly of Grisham later Tuesday.
Sanders had not held a press briefing since March, breaking decades of tradition.
"I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani", she said. She is said to be well-respected by those in both the West Wing and East Wing of the White House. "#BeBest", wrote Melania Trump on Twitter.
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"When her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder", Ms Grisham said in a statement on behalf of Mrs Trump.
Grisham, a single mother of two boys, is one of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration, and began as a campaign aide in 2015.
The president subsequently touted Sanders as a potential candidate on stage as he kicked off his own 2020 re-election campaign.
Within days, Ricardel was out of the White House.
Grisham previously served as an aide for Sen.