White House continues communications team shakeup, Pentagon spokeswoman moves to West Wing

 Alyssa Farah joining the White House as director of strategic communications, a move from her current role as press secretary for the Department of Defense.

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April 8, 2020 - 11:15am

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President Trump on Wednesday announced more changes into his communications shop, with Alyssa Farah joining the White House as director of strategic communications, a move from her current role as press secretary for the Department of Defense.  

The White House also announced that Ben Williamson, currently senior adviser to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, will work as a senior communications adviser. 

Just the News reported Tuesday that White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham will leave her position as President Trump's chief spokesperson and be replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, who had served as the national press secretary for the Trump 2020 campaign.

Grisham will return to the East Wing of the White House to work for first lady Melania Trump, for whom she worked prior to her present role. Grisham has been in her current position for less than a year, she maintained a lower-profile throughout than her predecessors Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sean Spicer. She did not hold a press briefing during her tenure in office. 

Trump had recently voiced his displeasure at White House messaging around its coronavirus response, stating that negative media coverage could possibly be partially as a result of failed efforts by the White House. 

“Kayleigh McEnany is a first-class professional who will serve President Trump and the American people well," Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement Wednesday. "She has been one of the strongest assets to the president’s re-election campaign with her keen mind, positive attitude, strong faith, and tireless work ethic. We don’t think of it as losing a team member, rather as having a trusted colleague called upon to fill a very important role. President Trump has made an excellent choice.”

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