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With Sarah Sanders Out, Could This Aide Be the New WH Press Secretary?

Sarah Sanders announced she plans to step down from her role as White House press secretary and return home to Arkansas. This woman could be her replacement.

By NTK Staff | 06.14.2019 @11:07am
With Sarah Sanders Out, Could This Aide Be the New WH Press Secretary?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday she intends to step down from her role as White House Press secretary, and rumors are swirling in Washington, D.C. over who might be selected as her replacement.

One of the top contenders is a woman who worked on the Trump campaign in 2016 prior to her current job as communications director for First Lady Melania Trump: Stephanie Grisham.

Axios reported that Grisham’s name is one to watch in the coming days:

A number of influential people close to President Trump want her in the job — and Trump has told people he likes her and trusts her. She is one of a tiny number of campaign originals left in the White House.

A person close to the president said Grisham could potentially take on another senior press job, if not as a direct replacement for Sanders.

Trump described Grisham as “terrific” during a Fox News interview, and added, “We have a lot of great people.”

Trump did rule out one name from the running: one-time White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

“I like Anthony,” Trump told Fox News, but “he should stay where he is right now.”

Sanders exit is scheduled for the end of the month, and White House officials say a decision has not yet been made officially about who will replace her.

Upon announcing Sanders’ exit, President Trump said he encouraged her to run for governor of Arkansas, a position once held by her father, Mike Huckabee. For her part, Sanders did not reject the possibility.

“I learned a long time ago never to rule anything out,” Sanders said, per the Associated Press.

Many reporters complained about the limited number of press briefings conducted at the White House this year. The last briefing was on March 11.

Still, the AP notes that Sanders is “one of Trump’s closest and most trusted White House aides.”

Sanders’ deputy, Hogan Gidley, is expected to take over the press secretary duties on an interim basis starting in July if no formal pick is made by then.

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