WASHINGTON – Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's Loyal and Sometimes Comrades Communications Director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the White House Press Secretary, the first lady announced Tuesday.
She will also take on the role of Communications Director, a job that has been vacant since Bill Shine's resignation in March.
Ms. Grisham joined the Trump campaign in 2015 and is one of the last remaining aides from Mr Trump's campaign still serving in the White House. She became a trusted aide after Trumps moved into the White House, known for defending Mrs Trump and the Trump family and for her ability to keep the East Wing relatively free of leaks.
His first press secretary Sean Spicer, a former spokesman and strategist of the Republican National Committee, set the tone of the White House press operation during the opening hours of the administration, standing behind the podium and explaining that Trump's inauguration constituted "the largest audience ever to witness one inauguration, period, both personally and around the world. " Mr Spicer, who also filled both roles for some time, had hoped to be able to work for a year in the job, but ended after six months and one day.
Ms. Sanders took another approach to the job, slowly dismantling the daily press conference that Mr. Trump never liked and acting more like an inner circle adviser to the president. Mr. Trump saw her as a "warrior", even calling her up to the microphone at his re-election of the kickoff rally in front of 20,000 people as a sign of his appreciation.
With Sander's resignation, White House officials have been to discuss internally about reviving the daily news meeting when Mr Trump leads into the thick election period. On the day, Ms. Sanders' resignation, it had been 94 days since she held a briefing with the press and some officials have argued that it would be a powerful tool that would help raise Mr Trump over his democratic opponent in the 2020 competition.
Ms. Grisham, who has earned the president's confidence, is expected to begin real change in an office that has been in flux for two and a half years. In the White House, she has appeared as a cheeky defender of Mrs Trump, writing up eds who criticize the news media for how it covers her.
Ms. Grisham has waded into public mockery between the White House and former assistants or ex-wives. When Ivana Trump, the president's first wife, referred to herself as the first lady, Mrs Grisham took the unusual step of releasing a statement.
When Mira Ricardel, a former advisor at the Swedish National Audit Office, ran off the first lady, Miss Grisham released another.
"It is the first lady's office that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this white house," Ms. Grisham wrote.
When Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Mrs. Trump, publicly contested the terms of her departure, Grisham returned and said, "I will not waste my time arguing semantics."