New White House spokesperson changes

Kayleigh McEnany, appointed new White House spokesperson on April 7, attended a Women for Trump conference on January 16, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Zach Boyden-Holmes / AP

The coronavirus crisis did not end the White House turnover. After separating from his third chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, on March 6, replaced by a North Carolina elected official, Mark Meadows, Donald Trump did the same with his spokesman, Tuesday, April 7. After nine months in the job, current incumbent Stephanie Grisham, 43, has been replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, 31. The latter was previously a spokesperson for the billionaire's campaign team.

A graduate of the prestigious Harvard Law School in 2016, Kayleigh McEnany quickly established herself as a determined Trump Trump lawyer. In February, when the president downplayed the threat posed by the Covid-19, she assured the chain Fox News : " This president will always give priority to America. He will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like coronavirus coming here " His arrival is accompanied by that of a Pentagon spokesperson, Alyssa Farah, 30, a former spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence and a relative of Mark Meadows. She will be responsible for " strategic communication "

Stephanie Grisham, here on August 7, 2019 in Texas, will become the chief of staff to Melania Trump, the president’s wife.
Stephanie Grisham, here on August 7, 2019 in Texas, will become the chief of staff to Melania Trump, the president’s wife. SAUL LOEB / AFP

No press conference for ex-spokesperson

Former Fist lady spokeswoman Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham will find the offices of the east wing of the White House since she will become the chief of staff to the president's wife. She leaves her current position, gratified by an unusual record: that of never having held the slightest press conference, contrary to the practice respected until then.

The eclipse of the press secretary, a once-must-see figure in the White House who has inspired many film and TV series directors, reflects Donald Trump’s willingness to do the communication himself. Through his Twitter account or during sometimes stormy interactions with the press accredited to the White House.

Stephanie Grisham pushed this erasure to its climax by remaining very little known to the general public, with the exception of the faithful of the conservative chain Fox News. She also took care to intervene in the studio and not in the aisle of the presidential residence where the main TV channels have permanent basic installations. This precaution allowed him to avoid having to answer journalists after his speeches, an exercise to which many advisers to the president comply.

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