“the president is expected to start talking to potential candidates in the coming days”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced last week that she is retiring from the demanding position. The question on many minds now: Who will take her place?
Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook write at Politico:
The Sarah Sanders replacement sweepstakes begins
The sweepstakes to replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders is already in full swing just one day after the White House press secretary announced plans to step down.
President Donald Trump has started having conversations with Sanders and others about who should be his next press secretary, according to one person familiar with the matter. And the president is expected to start talking to potential candidates in the coming days, the person added. Meanwhile, White House aides and Trump’s outside advisers have immediately started discussing candidates and handicapping their chances of getting the job.
At the top of the shortlist of candidates is Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, according to multiple White House officials and people close to Trump. Grisham has been working at the White House for the entirety of Trump’s time in office, and before that worked on his campaign and transition team. She is well-liked by the president and other senior White House aides.
President Trump gave Sanders quite a friendly send off. Watch below:
In the age of Trump, this is a job that requires a particularly thick skin. Reporters in the White House press pool woke up from their eight-year nap under Obama and want to appear aggressive.
Amber Athey of the Daily Caller has some suggestions:
Here’s Who Could Replace White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is resigning her post at the end of June, sparking rumors about her potential replacement.
Several possible names have been floated in reports.
Here’s the latest:
Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist and a Fox News contributor, may be in consideration for the role. Hemingway gained major prominence over the past two years for her reporting and commentary on the origins of the Mueller investigation and the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Gidley has served as the White House deputy press secretary for the past two and a half years, making him a natural replacement for Sanders. Gidley reportedly has 4:1 betting odds of becoming the next press secretary, although White House officials told CBS News that they don’t believe Sanders’ replacement will come from the current press office.
Trump is also a fan of First Lady Melania Trump’s current spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, who has been with the president’s team since the campaign days. Grisham has aggressively defended Melania against negative press reports, perhaps making her a natural fit for Trump’s press shop.
My two cents? Mollie Hemingway would be an outstanding choice.
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