Grisham suffered bruises when a scuffle broke out Sunday between North Korean security guards and members of the media trying to get close to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they shook hands at the Demilitarized Zone, the Associated Press reported.
The new press secretary was reportedly pushing back against the guards, trying to help members of the White House press corps position themselves to cover the historic moment between Trump and Kim.
Several reporters tweeted about the clash between the guards and the media.
To add to madcap day at DMZ, the North Korean security was a little overzealous, at times trying to block US reporters' view.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 30, 2019
New WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham threw herself into it to make sure the US TV camera got into House of Freedom, and it came to body blows. pic.twitter.com/LYWhbJFkF5
Grisham was seen on camera pushing back North Koreans who were blocking US press. Shouting "Go! Go!" as she created a path for press to join the Trump-Kim meeting. https://t.co/smFer0JwGw— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) June 30, 2019
New WH Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham got into a scuffle with the North Koreans to move members of the WH press pool into position to cover Trump and Kim, I'm told. Grisham was a bit bruised. Source called it "an all out brawl."— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 30, 2019
It was not immediately clear if Grisham required medical attention or if anyone else was injured or detained by the guards.
Grisham, 42, had been a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump before being named last week as the successor to Sarah Sanders, whose last day at the White House was Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.