Grisham has been with the Trump team since 2015 and will continue to act as a spokeswoman for the first lady [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

The White House named a top aide to US First Lady Melania Trump as its new press secretary.

Stephanie Grisham, communications director for Melania Trump and a longtime aide to President Donald Trump, will replace Sarah Sanders when she steps down on Friday, the first lady announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country,” she said.

Sanders resigned earlier this month to return to her home state of Arkansas and spend more time with her family.

The president told reporters that Grisham, 42, was “very talented” and “would do a great job”.

“Stephanie has been with

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