Another Day, Another Trump World Memoir. The latest scathing dispatch from the Trump administration comes courtesy of Stephanie Grisham, who has held various roles in the White House over his four years. West He is Wing’s Communications Director and Press Secretary and Melania’s Communications Director and Chief of Staff. Trump’s East Wing.of take questions, in her new memoir, Grisham depicts the White House. Sandwiched between her style of presidential abusive leadership and her ambivalent loyalty to the first lady, Grisham’s final straw was the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. visited when she submitted her letter of resignation to
The Trump family has already made moves to discredit Mr. Grisham.Trump says he’s ‘very angry and bitter’ after splitting up with Grisham Said “Stephanie didn’t have what she needed. It was clear from the beginning. She had big problems and we felt she should solve those problems on her own,” the statement said. Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by radical left-leaning publishers to say bad and untrue things.” Melania Trump also applauded, say it “The author is desperately trying to restore her damaged reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump,” the statement said. A deceptive and troubled individual.”
Grisham’s account, like any Trumpworld memoir, should be read with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, as Grisham himself admits, “the White House was permeated with casual dishonesty, as if it were in the air conditioning system.” But Grisham expected her readers might not take her description at face value, writing, “By the way, this isn’t the book you need to like me for.” .we read take questions Ahead of publication; now we’re breaking down the biggest bombs below.
First up: Grisham offers insight into the daily lives of First Ladies and the derisive nicknames they inspired.
I can only count a few times over the years that Mrs. Trump was actually in her office. At first, it was difficult to set an agenda and build close collaboration, as she preferred to do things by email and phone. Mrs. Trump has been working from her home long before there was a country…the first lady stayed in her room at her mansion. It became a joke among those who knew her. Secret Her Service informally referred to her as “Rapunzel”. In fact, some agents, knowing that the First Lady’s limited mobility and her travels could be spent at home with her family, tried to allocate her details.
According to Grisham, there was no love lost between Melania Trump and her stepchildren, especially Ivanka Trump:
Ivanka was constantly in press shots that really should have been reserved for the president and first lady. , was ugly. For Mrs. Trump, it was about protocols and rules. Or all of us as staff, it was to let the people of the United States see that she did her part and that she represented them with dignity and grace…Mrs. Seeing her share her frustrations with her daughter-in-law seemed reassuring, eventually giving me the nickname she personally gave her, “Princess.” Then again and again, I heard her complain about one of her favorite stocks.
The Kushners’ inappropriate behavior earned the couple derisive nicknames of their own. “They dabble in everything and can be precocious and narcissistic, so we at East Wing dubbed them. [the Kushners] “Interns,” writes Grisham. “Mrs. Trump was amused and even used nicknames herself sometimes.” Constantly highlighting proposed conflicts of interest. Take Jared Kushner’s security clearance issues, for example.
Of course, the biggest irony was when I heard that Jared Kushner didn’t get security clearance due to all sorts of problems, financial gains, and so on. As far as I know, he had only the most basic permits, but he attended all the most important meetings of the administration. He has also made direct contact with many heads of state, including Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi government leaders.
Grisham recalls when Kushner teamed up with speechwriter Stephen Miller to write a televised speech early in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what she saw as Kushner’s toxic influence in the White House. I am writing in detail.
I have shared my opinion many times with Mrs. Trump that if she misses re-election in 2020, it will be Jared’s fault. She didn’t go against me. His arrogance and arrogance grew over the years, and it was my fervent opinion that he wielded power with no shame. I think There was no reason why he should be sitting with a speechwriter addressing our nation’s plan to combat the pandemic. I knew he would be the first to say to the president’s ear that the communications team screwed everything up. He was Rasputin in a slim suit.
But the Kushner family aren’t the only Trumpworld supporters under attack take questionsGrisham doesn’t mince words when writing about Trump flatterer Lindsay Graham.
Lindsey Graham? Well, I’m surprised he’s using playing cards to wipe out freebies as if there’s no tomorrow (he still seems to be). He showed up at his Mar-a-Lago and his Bedminster to play golf for free, stuffed his face with free food, played cards and his celebrity friends. I ran into him once in Bedminster after he kicked out the White House staff and robbed her of her room. , I was eating the sweets I got like an influential person. he said to me with an eerie little smile. Man, this is life.
Grisham, like many other Trump World alumni, notes Trump’s obsession with dictators. But it’s her recollection of the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka that’s most chilling, suggesting a very cozy relationship between Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Trump usually talks for a minute or two about the possibility that a reporter is an “animal” and then the press comes in. On all the talk of sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election and various human rights abuses, Trump said to Putin, “Okay, I’m going to be a little tough on you for a few minutes. It’s for the cameras, and we’ll talk after they’re gone.
most interesting moment take questions Come along as Grisham takes you behind the scenes of some memorable moments. In 2017, Melania Trump headline when she appeared to slap her husband’s hand during a diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017.
For those who want to know, Mrs. Trump “slapped” her husband’s hand that day because she thought it was against custom to hold hands at such a formal ceremony. Melania was a rule follower and sometimes made her mistakes and her husband knew it.He often tried to hold her hand or deliberately slapped her hand in front of her camera. to irritate her.
Grisham also delved into the 2018 Stormy Daniels scandal, recalling when Daniels sued Donald Trump. In the ensuing media blitz, Daniels likened Trump’s penis to a toadstool. He took issue with such depictions and called Grisham from Air Force One to set the record straight.
“Did you see what she said about me?” he said after a moment, referring to Stormy. Then, of course, he added: It’s all a lie. ”
Then I knew exactly what he was worried about. “Everything is fine there,” he said.
what should i say to that? I kept it to a simple “okay”, hoping that somehow we would be disconnected.
“I’m fine,” he repeated.
Remember President Trump’s visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2019? interrupted Were doctors asked to sign an NDA? Grisham also takes us behind the scenes.
I remembered Trump’s surprise visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the fall of 2019. I was informed of the reason for my visit, as were a few others, including Vice President Pence. What I wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone about at the time was that the president had a very common procedure that all men and women over the age of 50 should undergo. Patients may be put down during such procedures. In Trump’s case, that might mean signing a letter putting Pence in charge temporarily under the 25th Amendment, but ultimately the president wasn’t put down.
But we know the real behind-the-scenes story you want to know: Behind the scenes of Trump’s hair care routine. Grisham has you covered:
Donald Trump’s hair was a sight to behold when not fully styled. That includes a comb, a hair dryer, and shit hairspray. Cut it yourself with giant scissors that can probably cut a ribbon with one opening.
Dear readers, that’s all for now. See you next time when we have a Trumpworld memoir to unearth.
Adrienne Westenfeld is Esquire’s Books and Fiction Editor, overseeing book coverage, editing fiction, and curating the Esquire Book Club.