Stephanie Grisham: The One-Woman Communications Department

Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary, attends the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on June 21, 2019. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephanie Grisham is a woman of many hats: White House press secretary, communications director and aide to first lady Melania Trump.

According to the Associated Press, it is still unclear what attitude she’ll bring to these many roles, on the heels of another press secretary who didn’t shy away from President Donald Trump’s anti-press attitude.

Some are hopeful that the scuffle in North Korea, where Grisham used her body to block a North Korean official from boxing out members of the media, is a harbinger for better press relations to come.

“She actually gets along with the media,” Trump said.

On the other hand, some point to her tenure in the Arizona state house as evidence that she’ll likely end up being as hostile as her predecessor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Then, while Grisham was serving as his press aide, ex-House Speaker David Gowan barred reporters from entering the chamber unless they agreed to extensive background checks.

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