Kayleigh McEnany Replaces Stephanie Grisham as White House Press Secretary

Eldis Sula
April 07, 2020 - 11:09 am

Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany is replacing Stephanie Grisham as the White House press secretary.

McEnany's hiring is the first major personnel move under new White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, reports New York Times.

McEnany, 31, is a vocal defender of the president in television appearances, the main role the president believes the press secretary should play, according to current and former administration advisers.

Also joining the White House will be Alyssa Farah, who is currently press secretary for the Pentagon and previously served as press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, according to individuals briefed on the new moves.

Grisham stepped down from her role as press secretary and rejoined First Lady Melania Trump’s office as chief of staff and spokesperson on Tuesday morning.

The move came less than one year after Grisham took over the position from former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Grisham had previously worked for Melania Trump as communications director, Fox News reports.

“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” the first lady said in a statement Tuesday. “She has been a mainstay and true leader in the Administration from even before day one, and I know she will excel as Chief of Staff.”

During her stint as press secretary, Grisham did not hold traditional daily briefings. Her communications were limited to interviews, statements and tweets.

Since Sanders' stint, daily White House briefings have been on hold, with the exception of recent task force updates on the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the country.

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