First Lady Melania Trump announced today that her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham will become the White House press secretary. Sarah Sanders left her post as press secretary earlier this month to return home to Arkansas. From Fox News:

Stephanie Grisham, a top aide to first lady Melania Trump, was named Tuesday to replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary after a brief but competitive search for the president’s next spokesperson.

Grisham, who developed a reputation as a fierce defender of the first lady during her tenure as spokeswoman, will also become the White House communications director, according to an announcement from the first lady’s office.

“I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director!” the first lady tweeted. “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.”

During a recent “Fox & Friends” interview, President Trump said “a lot of people” were angling for the job. Asked about the possibility of choosing Grisham, the president said, “Stephanie is terrific.”

Other potential candidates thought to be under consideration were Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, former State Department spokesman Heather Nauert and Tony Sayegh, who recently left his job as Treasury Department spokesman.

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