Grisham has worked as both director of communications and chief of staff for Melania Trump, and her recounting those experiences – from understanding Trump’s marriage, to Melania Trump’s relationship with her daughter Ivanka Trump; his relatively lack of work ethic; and passion for photo albums – revealing a fresh perspective on Melania Trump’s mind.
In a statement given to CNN earlier this week, Donald Trump said, “It’s very unfortunate that sleaze bag publishers continue to report impatient garbage. We and the MAGA movement are quite accustomed to it. And someday in the not too distant future we will make our voices heard and be treated fairly. “
Her spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, added, “This book is another pathetic attempt to give the President power and sell lies about the Trump family.”
CNN reached out to Melania Trump’s office for comment on Grisham’s book.
In a statement to The Washington Post, which reported details from the book on Tuesday morning, Melania Trump’s office fired Grisham.
Melania Trump, like Donald Trump, is obsessed with reading her own journalism
Melania Trump often appears in public as the first lady without much hint of what she thinks, or reveals, out of her stoic and – sometimes – tiring hinge. There’s the impression that he really doesn’t care, or can be comfortable, with what the American public – and especially the media – thinks about him.
However, according to Grisham, that is not the case.
Melania Trump is a fan of reading every little thing written about her, with consistency and frequency. “Like her husband and all of her children, Mrs. Trump investigates her press clippings like a skilled architect focused on blueprints,” Grisham wrote. “No detail noticed, no one missed him. He had Google alerts set up for himself and saw everything.”
As his spokesperson, Grisham is on the receiving end of many texts each day from the first lady, many about how to respond – or not respond, more accurately – to a global news media obsessed with understanding the mysterious and elusive first lady. .
Melania Trump, aka ‘Rapunzel,’ is out of office
Grisham also writes of experience about the lack of time in the office with his boss. Not in terms of being one-on-one with Melania Trump in the East Wing, but in terms of Melania Trump actually being in the East Wing offices actually.
Grisham said he remembers seeing his boss in the spacious office suite assigned to the first lady “only a little once” in the four years he worked at the White House.
“Mrs. Trump worked from home before the country,” Grisham said, jokingly referring to the Covid-era as far-fetched working habits of most Americans. “When guaranteed, we will have personal meetings, but those usually take place in the Map Room opposite the elevators to the residence. There we will plan schedules, respond to pressing queries, and discuss inquiries. purpose. Besides, the first lady is kept in her living rooms. “
Grisham said Melania Trump often followed the executive residence, the Secret Service gave her the nickname “Rapunzel,” “because she stayed in her tower, never coming down.”
Melania Trump spent a lot of time, Grisham wrote, on “self-care,” which included a lot of sleep time. (Grisham said East Wing staff rarely hear from their boss before 10 am most days.)
“She believes relaxation is central to the beauty lifestyle, as are, of course, spa and facial treatments,” Grisham writes.
Grisham also said Trump’s main “task” that the public didn’t see during his White House was the hours and hours he spent devoting himself to abundant and detailed photo albums. Grisham said hundreds if not thousands of photographs of his time at the White House were pored over and categorized and carefully placed in albums-the preservation of which has long been a hobby of the former first lady. .
Melania Trump calls Ivanka Trump ‘the Princess’
According to Grisham’s book, there is no love lost between Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, the two most important women in Donald Trump’s life.
While the controversy was kept out of the public eye, Grisham wrote that behind the scenes there was tension between the two, often due to Ivanka Trump’s desire to be engaged at public events and on trips to abroad. Grisham wrote that once she learned of the delicate relationship, Melania Trump allowed her the nickname she wanted to call behind her back: the Princess. (Grisham, on the other hand, told the former first lady the nickname that many White House staff gave Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner: “the interns.”)
Specifically, when Ivanka Trump wanted to thrill Trump’s visit to the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, according to Grisham, Melania Trump put her foot down and insisted that Ivanka and Jared should not be ignored. Instead, the two were photographed watching from windows inside Buckingham Palace while Melania Trump, laughed and courted with the Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Melania Trump is angry about the alleged activities that blow up the news cycle
“I felt embarrassed Mrs. Trump, and she wanted to embarrass her too. Whether she was capable or not, I don’t know,” Grisham wrote of the Daniels stage, which he said led to a bolder and more aggressive Melania Trump.
“I got a call from him to let me know he wanted to drive Air Force One first with his wife. He surprised me, saying ‘I don’t want to be like Hillary Clinton, do you understand what I mean “He walked over to Marine One holding hands with his wife after Monica’s news and it didn’t look good, ‘referring to Monica Lewinsky. I didn’t argue,” Grisham, who helped arrange the logistics, wrote. to facilitate Trump’s request.
In addition, Grisham and another staff member spent time “shopping” at the White House military office “for a charity aid” to accompany the first lady to the State of the Union, at the request of Melania Trump. “Mrs. Trump called to let me know that she wanted one of our military aides to include her throughout the capitol because‘ the floors were slippery, ’” Grisham wrote, feeling the request was a ruse for Trump. to be seen by a handsome, uniformed younger man – a visual that would likely rank his wife. “I laughed to myself because I saw the woman navigating the dirt road on her heels.”
Melania Trump and the jacket
Briefly, Grisham doesn’t really explain why the former first lady chose to wear a jacket on the trip to – and from – Texas, writing that she was in the dark like everyone else about Melania Trump’s decision. Grisham, however, said he didn’t think Melania Trump was caught, or cared about the overwhelming criticism she received because she wore a jacket with such an overly sensitive message while shining a light on a cause so profound about the country in that time. .
Grisham said that once images of the jacket hit the press, as the first lady was flying back to Washington from Texas, she and Melania Trump crammed into her private cabin on the plane, trying to find a way to be transferred. the media attention. Grisham wrote at one point in the conversation, Melania Trump suggested putting a circle lined through it on the “don’t” part of the message on the jacket – it seemed to make it “I really care” – and then the claims to the press that it was misread.
Grisham took him away from that idea.
When the first lady and Grisham returned to the White House, bad press followed, and the former President seemed unhappy about it. “
The boss is in an aggressive mood, which of course I can appreciate, “Grisham wrote called to the President’s private dining room in the West Wing, where he was waiting for them.” He looked at the wife and then at us along annoyed The first words uttered by the President’s mouth were ‘What are you thinking?’ “
Grisham wrote, “To my surprise, Mrs. Trump sat in the chair next to her to the right (still wearing that damn jacket) and smiled.”