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Grisham leaving as White House press secretary after holding no formal briefings

   Tuesday April 7, 2020 - 10:41 AM
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White House press secretary reacts to Trump impeachmentStephanie Grisham speaks out live on â??GMAâ?쳌 hours after President Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

After less than a year on the job, White House press secretary and communications director Stephanie Grisham is stepping down, according to senior Trump administration officials.

Grisham is returning to the East Wing to start immediately as first lady Melania Trumpâ??s chief of staff and spokesperson, her office announced Tuesday. She previously served in the East Wing as communications director and deputy chief of staff.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the media aboard Air Force One while flying between El Paso, Texas and Joint Base Andrews in Md., Aug. 7, 2019.


White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the media aboard Air Force One while flying between El Paso, Texas and Joint Base Andrews in Md., Aug. 7, 2019.Saul Loeb/AFP.


Sources tell ABC News Kayleigh McEnany, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, will transition to the West Wing to fill the role of press secretary.

In February, McEnany said during an interview with Fox Business that, thanks to President Trump, "we will not see diseases like the coronavirus" come into the country. At the time, the United States had over a dozen cases, and since then, hundreds of thousands more Americans have been infected.

Political commentator Kayleigh McEnany during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Md.


Political commentator Kayleigh McEnany during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Md.Alex Wong/Getty Images


Alyssa Farah, a Pentagon spokesperson and longtime aide to Trumpâ??s new chief of staff Mark Meadows, will be named as the White House's director of strategic communications, according to sources. Ben Williamson, a senior adviser to Meadows, is expected to become a senior communications adviser in the press office.

Alyssa Farah, Department of Defense Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Media Affairs, poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept., 30, 2019.


Alyssa Farah, Department of Defense Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Media Affairs, poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the ...

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