U.S. first lady Melania Trump’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham is making her way to a new role in the White House as she’s next to take on the press secretary position.
The first lady announced on Tuesday that Grisham will take over soon-to-be-former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ role, as the new press secretary and communications director. Sanders is leaving the White House to spend more time with her family, leaving behind the critics who have blasted her for the lack of press briefings.
“I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country,” Trump tweeted. “Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse.”
I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019
Since being Trump’s spokesperson, Grisham has had some fiery responses to those who have tried criticizing the first lady, offering a strong defense of FLOTUS.
Let’s check out some of her fiery defenses.
Grisham hit back at the ladies on “The View” in March for their “petty, mean-girl spirit” after the hosts discussed a theory on whether the first lady has a body double that sometimes travels with the president to occasions.
Co-host Joy Behar suggested, “… there’s an element of truth to the idea that she doesn’t want to spend time with him.”
“I’ve always found it sad that a group of women spend so much time attacking another woman, whose only goal is to help children,” Trump’s spokesperson said in response.
When Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour revealed that she has no interest in having Trump on the magazine’s cover— although both former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were on the cover — Trump’s spokesperson said, “To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump.”
“She’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” Grisham said, adding that the first lady has more important things to do than “some superficial photo shoot and cover.”
As the first lady honored Women’s History Month to celebrate “strong, resilient leaders in all that they do,” some were quick to blast Trump. “Strong women don’t marry for status,” one Twitter user wrote.
However, Grisham spoke out against the criticism on social media, saying it doesn’t affect Trump, as the first lady instead directs her focus to help children through her “Be Best” initiative.
“Mrs. Trump is very, very strong,” Grisham responded. “There’s a lot of noise out there. She knows that. She’s focused on helping children.”
When a CNN contributor suggested Trump doesn’t understand her first lady role, Grisham delivered a lesson on the many responsibilities Trump has taken on since becoming the first lady.
“Of course, absurdity abounds in the media’s coverage of our first lady,” Grisham wrote in a CNN op-ed. “Reports focus on the trivial and superficial, rather than the deeper issues facing our country that she has tirelessly worked to address.”
“Hopefully, the media will eventually learn to celebrate a woman who, through all the noise, is able to hold steadfast to her mission and stay true to herself. Regardless, Melania Trump is proud to be the first lady of the United States and is proud to represent the American people.”
“Ellen” producer Andy Lassner previously wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “I’m way more afraid of another Melania getting into this country than I am of any caravan of human beings seeking asylum,” in response to migrant caravans headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border several months ago.
Grisham delivered the perfect response to Lassner by asking him, “Should I save you a seat?” to a White House movie screening hosted by the first lady to talk with children about kindness.
As Sanders readies to leave at the end of the month, she’s commending Grisham as an “incredible asset to the President and the country,” she tweeted in response to FLOTUS’ announcement.
“I’m sad to leave the WH, but so happy to leave our team in such great hands,” Sanders added. “Stephanie will do a phenomenal job. Proud to have another mom and a great friend in this role.”