Melania Trump

A White House name to watch as Sarah Sanders' replacement

In this image, Stephanie walks out of a doorway while carrying a bag.
First Lady Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Expect to hear more about Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman, as discussions heat up about replacing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The state of play: A number of influential people close to President Trump want her in the job — and Trump has told people he likes her and trusts her. She is one of a tiny number of campaign originals left in the White House.

Ex-Melania Trump aide denies firing, inaugural profiting claims: NYT

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump and Donald Trump at a 2008 event.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump and Donald Trump. File photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

First lady Melania Trump's former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who worked on the president's inaugural committee, denied to The New York Times Monday suggestions she was was fired for profiting from her role.

Why it matters: Wolkoff, who's speaking to federal prosecutors about donations to President Trump's committee, was for the first time addressing claims her firm, WIS Media Partners, received $26 million for its inaugural work. A House panel has sought to question her about the issue. She's the latest former aide to speak out against the administration.