White House eyes replacements for Sarah Sanders

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The White House is lining up candidates to replace press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, CBS News has learned from two sources familiar with the process. The White House reached out to some of them Thursday, soon after the announcement that Sanders would be leaving and could begin interviews as soon as next week, the sources said.

Several sources put Melania Trump’s deputy chief of staff and communications director high on the list of potential candidates, deeming her a strong contender. Stephanie Grisham is well-respected by the first couple and has impressed the president, according to the sources. Grisham was among the staff who worked on the president’s 2016 campaign. 

Stephanie Grisham, communications director for first lady Melania Trump, works on her smartphone in the Rose Garden at the White House, May 7, 2019. Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS

“The president likes her,” a former White House official told CBS News.

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Grisham started as a press aide for the campaign and rose to White House deputy press secretary. She is a trusted adviser to the first lady. 

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