Updated: March 6, 2021
Melania Trump’s chief of staff and former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has resigned over riots at the United States Capitol by President Trump’s supporters.
Grisham, who was also a former White House communication director, submitted her resignation on Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, after witnessing the violent riots in the Capitol.
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Her resignation was confirmed by a White House official, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday night.
CNN described Grisham as one of the longest-serving Trump administration officials, having begun her tenure working for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 as a press wrangler on the campaign trail.
She entered the White House as deputy press secretary under Sean Spicer, and was hired by Melania Trump in 2017 as her East Wing staff.
“As East Wing communications director, Grisham quickly became the first lady’s most prominent staffer, acting as defender, enforcer and, often, protector,” CNN wrote.