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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Stephanie Grisham ousted as White House press secretary as coronavirus shake-up continues

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham greets Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (L) in the East Room of the White House before US President Donald Trump addresses his Senate impeachment trial in Washington, DC, February 6, 2020.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham greets Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (L) in the East Room of the White House before US President Donald Trump addresses his Senate impeachment trial in Washington, DC, February 6, 2020.(SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Stephanie Grisham was ousted as White House press secretary Tuesday as a shake-up continues amid the coronavirus crisis.
The famously thin-skinned mouthpiece, who never held a single on-camera press briefing, said she will become chief of staff for First Lady Melania Trump.
No successor was immediately named.
“I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition,” Grisham told reporters.
Grisham has been the main spokesperson for the White House since the resignation of Sarah Huckabee Sanders last summer.
She appeared to be on the outs with Trump recently as he himself has taken to daily press conferences to update the nation on the pandemic.
Mark Meadows, a former Tea Party lawmaker from North Carolina, recently took over as acting White House chief of staff after Trump soured on his predecessor Mick Mulvaney.
Meadows may hope to retool the White House communications operation as part of his new role.

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