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Trump’s press secretary Grisham steps down

By AFP
April 08, 2020

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, who never held a single press briefing in a White House where Trump runs much of the communications himself, stepped down Tuesday.

The White House said Grisham would now work solely for Trump’s wife Melania. "First Lady Melania Trump is today announcing that Stephanie Grisham will be rejoining the East Wing full time as chief of staff and spokesperson," a statement said.

A replacement as White House press secretary will be announced in "the coming days," Grisham said. Grisham took up the once high profile job in June last year but has been largely invisible, amid Trump’s relentless campaign against what he considers unfairly critical journalists.

Grisham’s departure could also signal the start of a wider personnel shake-up by Trump’s new chief of staff Mark Meadows. Meadows is the fourth person in that crucial job while Grisham was the third press secretary, having taken over from Sarah Sanders.

The longtime presidential tradition of daily West Wing press briefings held by the press secretary all but died under Sanders, who had a combative relationship with most journalists covering the White House.

Under Grisham, not a single such event took place, largely reflecting her boss’ transformation of presidential public relations and his tempestuous relationship with the media. Most of her public appearances took place in the shape of softball interviews on Fox News, which increasingly serves as the White House’s conduit for getting its message to the country.

Trump tweets daily, sometimes well over a dozen times a day, putting out everything from random thoughts on politics to announcing major policies or personnel changes. He also gives lengthy, frequent interviews to openly loyal hosts on Fox News.