Melania Trump announces Stephanie Grisham as new White House press secretary: 'There goes her credibility'

Following President Donald Trump’s June 13 announcement that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be leaving the White House, first lady Melania Trump said that her own spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, will be replacing her as White House press secretary.

In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Melania wrote that she was “pleased to announce” that her aide would be taking over as press secretary, and would also be filling the communications director role in the Trump administration, which was left vacant following Bill Shine’s departure in March.

Although the first lady is happy about the news, many have expressed differing opinions — including concern over how Grisham will carry out Sanders’ duties. Others pointed out that Grisham received a warning letter for violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits White House officials from some forms of political speech.

Grisham received the warning after tweeting about her three-year anniversary working for the Trump team and using the hashtag MAGA.

Others shared their confusion over how the announcement was made, especially considering that Grisham is in charge of tweets from Melania’s account.

Nonetheless, NBC News reporter Monica Alba pointed out that Grisham is one of the only people who has stuck around in the White House since President Donald Trump’s campaign, which likely plays a role in Melania’s belief that there’s “no better person” for the position.

The president himself assured in a press conference that Grisham “gets along with the media very well,” while Sanders also provided her support.

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