Melania Trump’s Spokesperson Stephanie Grisham Named as New White House Press Secretary

June 25, 2019 Updated: June 25, 2019

Melania Trump announced on June 25 that her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham has been picked to become the next White House press secretary.

The first lady made the announcement in a tweet, saying that Grisham, 42, will also become the White House communications director.

“I am pleased to announce will be the next & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the . ” Trump posted on Twitter.

President Donald Trump previously named Grisham as a potential candidate during a Fox & Friends earlier this month, where he described her as “terrific.”

Grisham, a fixture in the Arizona Republican Party, was one of Trump’s first hires during his presidential campaign—as a press aide in 2015. She served as a deputy press secretary in the White House when he took office in January 2017 and eventually was chosen to speak for the first lady.

Sanders’ principal deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, congratulated Grisham in a Twitter post.

“Amazing announcement! So proud and blessed to have my good friend working with our team. She is a rockstar and perfect to fill Sarah’s shoes!” Gidley wrote.

Grisham will be replacing Sarah Sanders in the role after Sanders announced her plan to resign and go back home to Arkansas earlier this month.

Sanders also congratulated Grisham in a Twitter post following the first lady’s announcement.

“[StephGrisham45] will be an incredible asset to the President and the country. I’m sad to leave the WH, but so happy our team will be in such great hands. Stephanie will do a phenomenal job. Proud to have another mom and a great friend in this role!” Sanders wrote.

Sanders is expected to leave her post at the end of June, Trump said in a tweet.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas—she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” he wrote.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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