America is facing a lot of challenges during the Cornavirus pandemic, from social distancing to loss of jobs and wages, and changes in the White House continue as well. President Donald Trump has been known to rearrange his administration whenever he felt the need, and this newest adjustment sees Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham being replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, spokeswoman for the Trump presidential campaign.
The announcement came on April 7, when the former press secretary returned to the East Wing to become Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokeswoman. The 31-year-old McEnany stepped in, bringing her outgoing personality to the administration.
Grisham and McEnany, both staunch Trump supporters, likely bring unique approaches to the job. The former seemed to work from the shadows, never holding a single press briefing. While Grisham did defend the president on Fox News, she was quick to say that reporters took advantage of briefings to boost their ratings and profiles, and the entire affair was more like a “theater” of political antics than a serious gathering of news.
The First Lady is delighted to have Grisham return, saying 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.
McEnany, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is very outspoken and a fierce Trump defender on the campaign trail and in interviews. She frequented presidential rallies and participated in Women for Trump events.
The president, not camera shy, seems to enjoy holding his own press conferences, answering questions and putting out-of-line reporters in their place. This has likely made it a bit challenging for those in the press secretary position, and it isn’t yet known if McEnany will revive the role and hold question-and- answer briefings.
The press secretary revision is just part of an overhaul in the Trump ranks. New chief of staff Mark Meadows has been working on a White House personnel revamp. Alyssa Farah, Pentagon press secretary and former spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence and the House Freedom Caucus, joins the West Wing as director of strategic communications, according to The Hill. Ben Williamson is expected to be a senior communications adviser in the White House. Williamson served as Meadows’ chief of staff on Capitol Hill.
Even though Coronavirus has taken front and center stage, the government show must go on. Just like Trump’s re-election campaign efforts if he wishes to keep his seat in the Oval Office.
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