Stephanie Grisham will begin her duties on a trip to Asia with US President Donald Trump. (AP: Jacquelyn Martin)
Melania Trump has announced that Stephanie Grisham, her longtime spokeswoman and confidante, will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary.
Ms Grisham has been with US President Donald Trump team since he launched his presidential bid in 2015 and is one of the few campaign officials still at the White House.
“Stephanie has been with me from the beginning, as most of you know,” Mr Trump told reporters during an unrelated White House event.
“And then over the last couple years she’s worked for the first lady, done a fantastic job. The first lady loves her, thinks she’s been, you know, just incredible. She’s very talented.”
In addition to becoming White House press secretary, Ms Grisham will also take on the job of White House communications director, a strategic and forward-looking role that has been vacant since March, when former Fox News Channel executive Bill Shine departed.
Ms Grisham has a busy start lined up and will accompany Mr Trump to the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea, starting on Wednesday, a trip that includes the president’s meetings with the leaders of China and Russia.
The first lady announced the news on Twitter, saying she “can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country”.
Ms Grisham, 42, has been a fixture in the Arizona Republican Party, and was one of Mr Trump’s first hires for his presidential campaign — as a press aide in 2015.
She served as a deputy press secretary in the White House when he took office in January 2017 and eventually moved over to the first lady’s operation.
She has been fiercely loyal to the Trumps.
More to come.