The new White House press secretary earned some well-deserved props from members of the press after she pushed aside North Korean guards to allow press corps members into the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
Moments before the meeting between the two leaders on Sunday, the North Korean guards blocking the way of journalists attempting to cover the meeting were pushed out of the way by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who reportedly sustained bruises from the confrontation.
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The new press secretary shouted “Go, go!” to the press corps members as they ran through the opening she created.
The move earned Grisham — who replaced former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders right before the trip to North Korea and the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan — some respect from members of the press, who lauded the strong-arming press secretary’s dedication to giving journalists access to the meeting.
Annie Karni of the New York Times said that Grisham’s approach to the job “stands in stark contrast” to how former Press Secretary Sean Spicer started out in the gig.
Grisham's first big move as @PressSec stands in stark contrast to how Sean Spicer introduced himself to the world when he assumed the same position. @Robt_Gibbs calls it "laudable and heroic." https://t.co/RAmUQ830OG
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) July 1, 2019
White House bureau chief of The Voice of America Steve Herman called Grisham’s “initiation” into the role “rough but heroic.”
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 30, 2019
ABC’s Jonathan Karl pointed out that the new White House press secretary was “not having it” with the guards’ attempt to lock out the press corps.
Apparently some of the Korean (North?) security team did not want the US press in the Kim/Trump meeting. New press secretary @StephGrisham45 was not having it, physically clearing the way for the WH press pool by elbowing and pushing aside a security guard.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 30, 2019
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper — a regular critic of the president — emoji-applauded the move by Grisham on Twitter.
👏 👏 👏 ‘Stephanie Grisham, the new White House press secretary, returned from the DMZ with a bruise on her arm after physically pushing North Korean officials to clear a way for American journalists to cover President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un.’ https://t.co/D97r32mgG0
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 1, 2019
The White House Correspondents’ Association president Oliver Knox lauded Grisham’s actions as well, saying that he was “very grateful” to the press secretary for her “intervention on behalf of the U.S. press corps” and that he was sorry for “any bumps or bruises” she sustained.