To die-hard Trump fans, there is a concern that no one can replace former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. She was tough and rough and always at the ready. Best of all, she was in the face of the elitist leftists who inhabit the White House Briefing Room. That she refused to take guff from them has endeared Sanders to the Deplorables. So, the first question that comes to mind about newly appointed White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is: Can she dish it out like good old Sarah?
Grisham comes from the ranks of the first lady’s East Wing staff, recently serving as Mrs. Trump’s communications director. If you ever wondered whether Melania holds sway over her husband, this move should answer that once and for all. But it has been a bit of a seesaw for Grisham. She started as deputy press secretary for former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and then moved over to Melania’s staff.
The New York Times tags Grisham as “loyal and sometimes combative,” music to the ears of Trump supporters. The office of the White House press secretary is not for the faint of heart, which Spicer quickly found out. But the best part of Grisham – in addition to her ability to ardently defend her charges — appears to be her aptitude to keep leaks to a minimum. Her passionate and ferocious loyalty to Mrs. Trump and the president is a must for an administration suffering from merciless daily attacks on the White House.
In the past, Mr. Trump has called Grisham a “warrior” for his policies to Make America Great Again. As such she appears to have earned one of the most coveted attributes for a press secretary: the trust of the president.
A recent example of Grisham’s ability to push back against anyone willing to start a dust-up was when she got into it with Ivana Trump, the president’s first wife. When Ivana took the unusual step of referring to herself as the first lady, Grisham shot back. Then when a former adviser to Melania caused a stir regarding her exit from the East Wing staff, Grisham simply said, “I’m not going to waste my time arguing the semantics.”
Internal White House debate centers on whether to bring back the daily briefing that was shut down under Sanders. This is something the national press corps has been angling to be brought back. This would be a double-edged sword. It would give the hostile media more fodder but it would also keep Trump policy front and center during the upcoming campaign season.
A longtime political operator, Grisham previously worked on the Mitt Romney campaign and coordinated the press for the Arizona House of Representatives. Those familiar with the new White House communications director describe her as someone who is not only self-aware but also highly competent.
One gets the sense that the new White House press secretary is a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners kind of gal. As the nation gears up for what’s likely to be a toxic and ugly 2020 campaign, she may be precisely what President Trump wants and needs by his side.
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