Melanie Trump & # 39; s press secretary Stephanie Grisham will be the president's spokeswoman, the First Lady announced Tuesday.
& # 39; She has been with us since 2015 – @potus and I can't think of a better person to serve the administration and our country. Excited to make Stephanie work for both sides of the @WhiteHouse, & # 39; the First Lady tweeted – upstaging her own husband with the announcement.
Trump said Monday that he is considering four or five different candidates to replace Sarah Sanders when she leaves the White House at the end of the month.
& # 39; Replacing Sarah will not be easy, & # 39; said the president told The Hill during an Oval Office interview, & many people want the job. We have four or five people who really want it, very good people, very good names. & # 39;
& # 39; (B) ut Sarah has done a fantastic job, she will be governor. She doesn't want to talk to us anymore, & he joked and praised the White House outgoing press secretary.
The President described Sanders as & # 39; irreplaceable & # 39; and joked that he would eventually go further & # 39;
In: Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary, her former boss Melania Trump, is announced
Donald Trump said he & # 39; four or five & # 39; several people are considering replacing the departing press secretary Sarah Sanders
The president has taken Sander's departure harder than other assistants, leaving her a & # 39; warrior & # 39; and publicly express that he hopes that she will run for governor in Arkansas.
Trump did not specifically mention someone he is considering for the position, but some names have been passed on
He did not mention potential substitutes, but apart from Grisham, the shortlist was supposed to be Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley; former spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heather Nauert, is walking; and recently spokesman Tony Sayegh left the Treasury Department.
Other names have also been swirled, such as former Fox New host Eric Bolling, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Morgan Ortagus, White House director of strategic communication Mercedes Schlapp and CNN employee Steve Cortes – who, if selected, would be the first Spanish press secretary to be.
Trump announced on June 13 that Sanders would be leaving her post at the end of June, and on the same day she took the stage at an event at the White House and said a tearing-up goodbye.
She thanked the president for the opportunity to serve as his press secretary for the last two years, and Trump kissed her and hugged her. Sanders has served at the Trump White House since his inauguration, and was previously a top press representative.
& # 39; She has done an incredible amount of work. We have been through a lot together. She's tough and she's good, & # 39; Trump whispered in comments before taking the stage to speak, adding that she & # 39; warrior & # 39;
Sanders spoke from the podium on June 13 during an event at the White House on the same day that Trump announced she would leave and gave a tearful farewell. She will leave her position at the end of June
She also spoke to a crowd of more than 20,000 Trump supporters during the presidential launch of his 2020 campaign in Orlando, Florida last week
Sanders took over Trump's presidency fairly early after his first press secretary Sean Spicer was expelled. He only served the first six months after Trump was inaugurated
While Trump is considering who he would like to replace someone he appreciated, anonymous rumors about sex, laziness, and criminal behavior have spread around the White House.
Rumors include stories from a government spokesperson, who is thought to be a contender, puts a face on the cameras and shows poor work ethics behind the scenes. A second person is thought to have committed misconduct that could lead to a crime. There is a third that people have said they are sleeping with secret service agents.
Stories about Grisham also began to circulate this week, including the first lady who didn't want to let her go because she seemed to be a clear favorite. A former White House official said these bills were untrue.
& # 39; (Melanie Trump) is a strong proponent of people who grow professionally. She would never say: & # 39; I love Stephanie & # 39 ;, & # 39; said the source who was familiar with the selection process.
Firsty Melanie Trump & # 39; s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham (top left), deputy press officer Hogan Gidley (bottom left), former Foreign Ministry spokesman Heather Nauert (top right) and spokesman Tony Sayegh from the former Treasury Department (bottom right) have all been nominated as potential substitutes for Sanders
Another rumor pointed out that the then White House Secretary-General, Sean Spicer, banned Grisham to the east wing after a short period at the main press office after the work she did with the 2016 campaign and the Trump transition team, a story that turned out to be true.
Since Trump has announced that Sanders will be leaving the White House, he has touted that she would become a great governor of Arkansas, where she said she will return to spend more time with her family after her departure.
Sanders is married and has three young children.
& # 39; If we would allow her to flee to Governor of Arkansas, I think she will do very well. "I'm trying to get her to do that," Trump said during the event.
Although she did not seem to follow the gubernatorial recommendation enthusiastically, in the future she did not lose the opportunity to serve in the public service.
& # 39; I learned a long time ago to never rule out anything & # 39 ;, she said during a conversation with reporters in her office in the West Wing. & # 39; I look forward to going home again. & # 39;
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