Stephanie Grisham during the annual Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn, on June 21, 2019, in Washington.Jacquelyn Martin / AP
First lady Melania Trump announced on Tuesday that her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, will now serve as White House press secretary, replacing Sarah Sanders, who is leaving at the end of the month.
“She has been with us since 2015 — @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country,” the first lady tweeted. “Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse.”
Grisham is set to become the third White House press secretary under President Donald Trump, following Sanders and Sean Spicer, who held the job for part of 2017.
She is also stepping into the job at a time when the White House has seemingly halted formal press briefings. As of Tuesday, it’s been 106 days since the last briefing on March 11. That briefing was only the second to take place in 2019.
At this point last year, the White House held 44 press briefings.
Grisham joined Trump’s campaign in 2015 and is one of few remaining aides who served on the president’s campaign still working in the White House.
Check back for updates, this is a developing story.