Melania Trump may have been the first lady of the United States, but some of her alleged behavior reminded her former press secretary Queen Marie-Antoinette of France.
Stephanie Grisham, who served as Trump’s chief of staff and White House press secretary in the Trump administration, speaks out against her former boss in an upcoming book, “I’ll Answer Your Questions Now: What I saw at the Trump White Loger. “
Grisham worked for Donald Trump’s campaign from 2015 and resigned following the January 6 insurgency earlier this year. Despite the title of the book, she never held a press briefing where she answered questions from journalists.
According to an advance copy of his book obtained by Politico, after a riot broke out at the United States Capitol, Grisham texted the then first lady and asked her if she wanted to tweet that “peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no room for lawlessness and violence. ”
Grisham says she was shocked by the first lady’s response. “No,” Trump reportedly wrote. At the time, she was in charge of a photo shoot of a carpet she had selected.
Grisham writes that Trump’s alleged text response ‘broke’ her, since she had already defended the first lady against accusations that she was like Marie Antoinette – the French queen was popularly remembered as indifferent to the plight of the country’s poor.
Now Grisham has reportedly written that the former first lady actually looks a lot like “the doomed Queen of France”. Disdainful. Defeated. Detached.”
Five days after the Capitol riot, Melania Trump issued a statement condemning “the violence” that took place on January 6, while also denouncing “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations against me.”
Grisham writes that she was also frustrated with Trump’s support for her husband’s false claims that the 2020 election was rigged. When Grisham tried to tell her boss that there was no big plot to take her husband off, she said, Melania continued to insist that “something bad happened” to delegitimize the election.
As a result, Melania declined to consider inviting future First Lady Jill Biden to the White House for the traditional bridging tea.
Melania Trump’s office released a statement to Politico on Monday condemning Grisham’s book as “an attempt to redeem himself after a poor performance as a press secretary, failed personal relationships and unprofessional behavior in the White House.
“Through lies and betrayal, [Grisham] seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Ms. Trump, ”the statement said.
“I will answer your questions now: What I saw in the Trump White House” is expected to be released on October 5.
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