press secretary


Definition of press secretary

: a person officially in charge of press relations for a usually prominent public figure

Examples of press secretary in a Sentence

the White House press secretary

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday declined to respond to questions about whether Mr. Trump had directed a campaign official to contact Mr. Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans. Shelby Holliday, WSJ, "Trump Adviser Roger Stone Charged as Part of Mueller Investigation," 25 Jan. 2019 While Jones started as a speechwriter, he was promoted to the department's press secretary, which would've helped to prepare him for his new role working with Kensington Palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was Just Spotted at Lunch with Her New Communications Secretary," 21 Jan. 2019 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Trump upends NATO summit, demanding immediate spending increases or he will ‘do his own thing’," 12 July 2018 On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was challenged on Fox News for saying 4,000 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended coming into the country. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Senate Democrats Block Legislation to Press GOP on Shutdown," 8 Jan. 2019 FOX News' Dana Perino, who served as White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, gives her perspective. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: New allegations against Kavanaugh throw confirmation battle into chaos; Trump to address U.N.," 24 Sep. 2018 And remember the dust-up about the size of Trump’s inaugural crowd, the ridiculous lie that destroyed Sean Spicer’s credibility as press secretary? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Welcome to Crazytown," 9 Sep. 2018 Jake Siewert — Siewert was White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton and currently leads all corporate communications for Goldman Sachs. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The social networking giant is on a hunt all over the globe for a new head of policy and communications.," 10 Oct. 2018 Dickie Arbiter, who served Queen Elizabeth for twelve years as her press secretary and spokesman, has issued a stern warning to the Duchess. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle's Debut Royal Tour Is Being Described As a "Baptism Of Fire"," 29 Aug. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of press secretary

: a person whose job is to give information about an important or famous person or organization to news reporters

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