Salon is reporting that Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary known for refusing to hold press conferences, is gearing up to spill the beans on her time working for the Trump administration behind the scenes.
Grisham’s much-anticipated book “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in the Trump White House,” excerpts of which Politico obtained, is expected to unleash a wave of negative publicity surrounding her time in government, with particularly unflattering portrayals of the former president and his wife, Melania.
“There isn’t enough water on earth to contain the fire she could set to all of Trumpworld, including parts like the first lady’s orbit,” a source close to the publication told Axios. “It’s hard to articulate how much anxiety this is going to cause.”
Another source echoed this point to Politico, saying that “Stephanie has secrets about Trump that even the first lady doesn’t know. Secrets that he doesn’t want her to know. They will be in this book.”
Donald and Melania Trump’s relationship has been the subject of much mockery and speculation, with many speculating that Melania Trump had no intention of resuming her former role as first lady.
Grisham reportedly refers to Melania Trump in her book as “the doomed French queen,” adding that she was “dismissive,” “defeated,” and “detached.”
According to Politico, Grisham resigned after Melania Trump’s response to the Capitol riot, when she asked the former first lady, “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?”
“No,” Melania Trump replied, reportedly more concerned with a rug photoshoot. Instead, she told her aide to “see what the West Wing does.” Grisham resigned “within hours” of receiving this response.
Politico also reported that Melania Trump was so convinced of her husband’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud that she turned down an invitation to meet with then-incoming First Lady Jill Biden.
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According to Politico, Grisham’s book is “an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House..” The jab is especially noteworthy in light of Politico’s coverage of the relationship:
Her mention of “failed personal relationships” appears likely to be a reference to Grisham’s past relationship with former Trump aide MAX MILLER. Citing three people familiar with the incident, POLITICO Magazine reported in July that the relationship “ended when he pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face in his Washington apartment after she accused him of cheating on her.” He denied the allegation.
“Through mistruth and betrayal,” Trump’s spokesperson added, “she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump.”
Grisham was Trump’s White House press secretary for just over a year, beginning in July 2019. She was the third person in line, following Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Melania Trump was the first lady of the United States for four years, a period marked by controversy, international scrutiny, and worldwide headlines.
Those closest to her say that she has made it clear that she does not want a repeat performance.
“Melania does not like being in the public eye and has made it clear that she isn’t interested in doing it again,” a political source says told PEOPLE.
“She likes family and her private life,” the source said. “The media glare is not for her.”
Her hesitation has piqued interest in how she felt about being in the White House for a long time.
The then-first lady, 51, was heard saying she felt trapped between ceremonial commitments and opponents who alleged she disregarded or assisted her husband’s divisive immigration policies in the covertly recorded tape that a former assistant infamously leaked last year.
“Who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?” She cracked then.
“She was relieved when her husband’s term ended,” the source added.
That means that Melania Trump, who is already a rare sight on the campaign trail, will not be participating in any manner if her husband runs in 2024.
But that depends on him launching a campaign, which he has not yet clearly indicated that he will.
“Nothing has been decided about whether President Trump will run in the next election,” the political source says. “At this point, it is all speculation.” The source notes: “The constant chatter about it gives him the opportunity to raise money, which he is very good at doing.”
Melania Trump prefers her life without a role within the White House, according to sources.
Barron, the couple’s adolescent son, has just started school at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, which was founded by Florida entrepreneur-billionaire Bill Koch.
While the moms of other kids are “concerned about the increased security around the campus,” Barron should fit in well at the school, which takes a creative approach to education and hires professors with real-world experience in their fields.
“She is totally involved with Barron’s education, after-school activity, and overall well-being,” a social source says.
“She is not one bit interested in another campaign, and certainly not participating in it,” this source says.
Melania, according to reports, tells her husband how she feels about politics and leaves nothing up in the air. “I give him my honest ideas and suggestions. Then he goes ahead and does what he wants “In 2018, she stated.
She and her parents have their own apartments at Palm Beach’s seasonal Mar-a-Lago Club, where they’ve spent the majority of their time since leaving the White House in January.
She was also spotted in New York City this summer while her husband was staying at their New Jersey home.
“If he runs, I doubt she will be involved at all,” the source adds. “If he should win, that would be the worst-case scenario for her. Things will need to be evaluated at such a time.”