Stephanie Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary

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Stephanie Grisham

Grisham, who also served as communications director, has never held a press briefing. Her replacement is former CNN pundit Kayleigh McEnany.

Stephanie Grisham, who became the White House press secretary in June 2019, is now leaving that role.

She will be replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, a former CNN contributor who has served as nation press secretary for President Trump's re-election campaign, the White House announced on Wednesday morning.

The White House also announced the appointment of Alyssa Farah as director of strategic communications.

In taking on the role, Grisham had replaced Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who had replaced early press secretary Sean Spicer.

Grisham, unlike Spicer and Sanders, has never held a White House press briefing.

Before becoming White House communications director and press secretary, Grisham handled communications for First Lady Melania Trump

The First Lady's office announced her return as chief of staff and spokesperson on Tuesday morning.

"I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” said Melania Trump in the announcement.  “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.”

"I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration,” Grisham said. “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.”

Before joining the Trump campaign, McEnany served as one of CNN's dedicated pro-Trump pundits.

"It is unclear whether Ms. McEnany will revive the traditional role of a White House press secretary — answering questions from reporters in a daily briefing," The New York Times reported on Tuesday. "[White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows wants her to focus on defending the president on television, according to people familiar with the move."