Over the past several months, a number of staffing changes have taken place in the White House.
That year, McEnany was multi-tasking. While studying for her law degree at Harvard Law School, she worked as an analyst for CNN, supporting candidate Trump.
In May 2016, conservative (but not necessarily Trump supporting) radio show host Dana Loesch referred to the young blonde as being ‘flat-chested’. News soon emerged that McEnany had undergone a mastectomy, which is a shame for such a young woman, a wife and mother who celebrated her 32nd birthday on April 18 this year.
McEnany received her JD in May 2017. A few months earlier, on February 17, a little under a month since his inauguration, McEnany wrote an editorial for CNN lauding the press conference he gave:
After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room podium to address a room full of inquisitive journalists …
According to the latest CNN poll, 90% of Republicans approve of the way Trump has handled the presidency thus far. Often left out of the media narrative are the reasons why Republicans feel this way. GOP voters look to the President and see a litany of accomplishments: a soaring stock market, withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, elimination of job-killing regulations, expedited permit approval, a hiring freeze on nonessential federal workers and a task force for reducing violent crime, among others. All this in just three weeks.
McEnany left CNN on August 5, 2017. On August 7, she became the Republican National Committee’s national spokesperson. As Trump had registered his papers for the 2020 re-election campaign at the time of his inauguration, Republicans have been able to promote him ever since.
She appeared on Fox News, a network on which she had worked prior to CNN. Years before, she was a producer of Mike Huckabee’s eponymous show. Huckabee is a former governor of Arkansas and the father of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s longest serving press secretary to date.
On Fox, McEnany spoke of Americans’ mistrust of mainstream media, Trump’s non-stop winning and blue-collar workers embracing the Republican Party.
She helped promote Republican candidates in 2018, such as John James in Michigan, sadly defeated by the long-standing incumbent US Senator Debbie Stabenow.
She also hosted a successful Republican ‘Open for Business’ town hall meeting in Bedford, New Hampshire, on August 13, 2019. Trump held a rally full of enthusiastic supporters in New Hampshire on August 15.
This year, McEnany also became the National Press Secretary for Trump’s 2020 campaign, when it appeared that Trump would be running unopposed in his party.
She did a fine job putting together interviews of rally attendees in Las Vegas, Nevada and in South Carolina. Both had enthusiastic minority rallygoers, some of them immigrants themselves, cited below.
One lady in Las Vegas said that Trump’s administration has produced ‘the most diverse time in our lives’. A young man there commented on the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where everyone was ‘CHILLAXIN”. A small business owner urged blacks to support Trump this year.
In South Carolina, where Trump held a rally on the eve of that state’s primary, the mood was similar among minorities. One man told McEnany how happy he was with the tax cuts and Trump’s crackdown on Washington. A woman from Bolivia expressed her gratitude, ‘President Trump, thank you so much, in the name of Jesus, for what you’re doing. You give us freedom‘.
A veteran applauded the new Veterans Administration programme, which enabled him to get a medical consultation within two days.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Trump’s new Chief of Staff, former US congressman Mark Meadows, replaced Stephanie Grisham with Kayleigh McEnany. McEnany relinquished her position as National Press Secretary for the president’s campaign.
McEnany has done her homework, as it were, and thoroughly deserves her promotion.
One of McEnany’s earliest tweets in her new job was a beautiful tweet about Good Friday. In the United States, the White House acknowledges every major religious feast day or festival, regardless of creed.
Stephanie Grisham is now Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokesperson.
Grisham’s entry into the serious side of politics began when she worked on Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012. Interestingly, she began working on Trump’s 2016 campaign as a press aide in August 2015. She helped facilitate campaign appearances in her home state of Arizona.
After Trump’s victory, she was part of his transition team as special adviser for operations. After his inauguration in January 2017, she became deputy press secretary to his first press secretary, Sean Spicer.
Two months later, Melania Trump poached Grisham to work for her. Trump and his staff were sorry to see her go, describing her as being ‘highly competent’.
After Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s departure as press secretary in June 2019, Grisham became her successor in July 2019. Grisham continued working for the first lady.
By the time Grisham took up her role in the West Wing, Trump was already holding his own press briefings near the whirr of Marine One. Although Grisham wanted to resume holding press briefings, she never succeeded. Either Trump or Vice President Mike Pence front the daily coronavirus updates.
On April 7, 2020, The Daily Caller reported:
“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and the First Lady in the administration,” Grisham said of the staffing decisions. “My replacements will be announced in the coming days and I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed.”
Grisham will return to her former post as FLOTUS chief of staff. She has been pulling double-duty as both the communications lead for the first lady and the president after the Sanders’ departure.
Interestingly, Kayleigh McEnany will not be on her own. Grisham was so good that she has been replaced not only by McEnany but also by others under Mark Meadows:
McEnany will be joined on the communications team by Department of Defense press secretary Alyssa Farah and White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ top House aide, Ben Williamson.
Farah served as Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and as Meadows’ own communications director during a portion of his time at the U.S. House of Representatives and will likely take on the position of director of strategic communications. Williamson, who left Congress for the White House with Meadows, will formally join the communications shop as a senior communications adviser. Hogan Gidley, who served as principle deputy press secretary under both Grisham and her predecessor, Sarah Sanders, will remain in his current post.
On April 7, Breitbart reported:
The first lady’s current chief of staff Lindsay Reynolds resigned to spend more time with her family, according to the White House.
The news demonstrates that newly-appointed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows plans to shake up the communications team.
Moving along to the next and final female White House appointment, the Gateway Pundit’s slogan used to be: ‘Where hope makes a comeback’.
Well, Hope certainly did make a comeback. Hope Hicks, that is.
The fragrant ex-model, friend and former employee of Ivanka Trump whom candidate Trump poached to work on his 2016 campaign, was employed in three successive White House posts between January 20, 2017 to March 29, 2018, has now returned as Counselor to the President, as of March 31, 2020. She is serving alongside Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s final campaign director in 2016.
On February 13, Breitbart reported that, although Hicks left the White House to work for Fox Corporation, she remained in contact with her former colleagues. They are happy she has returned to Washington:
The New York Times reports that Hicks will report to Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner with the title, “counselor to the president.”
“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Kushner said in a statement to the Times.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also cheered the news.
“There is no one more loyal, talented or fun than Hope,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not only is she brilliant she is an amazing friend and will be a tremendous asset to the President and his team.”
Returning with Hicks is Johnny McEntee, whom former chief of staff John Kelly fired. McEntee now serves as the head of the White House Office of Personnel.
The return of Hicks and McEntee demonstrates that President Trump is looking to bolster his White House with loyalists.
ZeroHedge reported that Hicks will have a big workload:
The move suggests she will be an important part of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
In addition to working with Kushner, Hicks will also work with White House political director Brian Jack.
She will reportedly focus on projects that Kushner oversees, including the campaign.
“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Mr. Kushner said in a statement. “We are excited to have her back on the team.”
Good. Trump can always do with more loyalists. It seems he never has enough.