Stephanie Grisham took over the role of White House Press Secretary in early July following Sarah Huckabee Sander’s departure. She has yet to hold a press briefing, and told America This Week host Eric Bolling that they were unnecessary due to the access the President offers reporters.
Grisham experienced a fast rise to position of Press Secretary having previously worked under First Lady Melania Trump. In a recent dive into her past, The New York Times uncovered accusations of plagiarism from her time working for an ad agency called Mindspace.
The new Press Secretary had previously worked with AAA. While with Mindspace, she was tasked with creating a presentation for a startup car service called GarageFly. According to the Times:
“While making a presentation to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, GarageFly’s founder showed off his website. In an interview, he said he was quickly informed by a furious attendee from AAA that the website included material lifted verbatim from AAA.”
Grisham reportedly lost her job over the matter. Shortly after, she started working in politics as a press aide to different Arizona Republicans. She also worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 bid for the presidency.
After working with the 2016 Trump campaign, Grisham ended up as the Press Secretary for Melania Trump. While helping craft literature for the First Lady’s Be Best campaign, there were claims that the releases featured words very similar to those used by previous First Lady, Michelle Obama. Grisham responded to the criticism by saying, “I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions.”