Stephanie Grisham, the press secretary and communications director for first lady Melania Trump, is emerging as one of the top contenders to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
What are the details?
Grisham joined the Trump campaign during its initial days in 2015 and has remained steadfastly loyal to the Trump family since, rising to become one of the most powerful White House staffers. She was even recently described as Melania Trump’s “enforcer.”
Multiple sources close to the Trump family revealed to The Daily Wire why Grisham is likely the top candidate to replace Sanders.
One White House source told The Daily Wire that Grisham “has proven herself to be a stone-cold killer” who is a “risk-free move for the administration in the run-up to perhaps the most important election in American history.”
“Grisham is pure Trump,” the source told the news outlet. “She holds down the East Wing with ease and has no loyalties to any faction within the Republican Party. Members of the first family love her and know that she is fiercely dedicated and loyal.”
Another source, who was described as being close to President Donald Trump, told The Daily Wire of Grisham:
Stephanie Grisham is a favorite of Trump loyalists, many in the national press corps, and most important, the Trump family. The First Lady loves Stephanie’s tenacity and loyalty, and President Trump has remarked that he respects Stephanie’s ability to stay cool under pressure and manage the toughest of news cycles. Stephanie might not be the first name that comes to mind for this role, but she’s the one person inside or outside the building who everyone nods their head and says, “She’d be great.”
A third source, a former senior White House officials, said Grisham “is unquestionably loyal and has the respect of the press corps. She’d be a total home run as press secretary — both for the President and his supporters.”
Aside from being known as an extremely loyal staffer, Grisham wields more influence than most other White House staffers.
As the Washington Post described last December, Grisham was singlehandedly responsible for the firing of a national security official who clashed with Melania’s team ahead of her first solo foreign trip last fall. After then-White House chief of staff John Kelly did not respond to the incident, Grisham spoke with Melania, who spoke with the president privately. Days later, the national security official had been fired.
Experts told The Post that the chain of events was unprecedented in White House history.
But Grisham has also earned the respect of the press corps, often advocating on their behalf and going out of her way to serve reporters, according to The Post.
What did Trump say?
Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Friday, Trump was succinct in his praise of Grisham.
“Stephanie is terrific,” Trump said.