Washington: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham stepped down from her post on Tuesday and assumed a new role as chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump. Also Read - US President Donald Trump Tests Negative For Coronavirus, White House Issues Statement
Grisham was appointed White House press secretary in June last year. However, she never held a single formal press briefing since her appointment. Also Read - US President Donald Trump to Visit India on February 24-25, Confirms White House
The White House said Grisham would now become spokesperson and chief of staff for Melania.
“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” the First Lady announced on Tuesday.
Grisham, 43, would replace Lindsay Reynolds who resigned early this week to spend time with her family.
“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. I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Melania said.
Grisham will begin her role as Chief of Staff with immediate effect. “I continue to be honoured to serve both the President and First Lady in the administration. My replacements will be announced in the coming days and I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed,” she said.
Grisham served as the 30th White House press secretary and as White House communications director since July 2019.
Grisham’s tenure as head of the White House press office was marked by no press briefing by her. A daily press briefing by its spokesperson had been a hallmark of the White House.
Before, President Donald Trump started his daily briefings some two weeks ago on coronavirus, the White House had no press briefings by its spokesperson for one year.