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Stephanie Grisham stayed with Trump because her options were limited

As a senior aide to Donald and Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham spent a lot of time with the Trumps in the White House. Grisham outlines those takeaways in detail in her upcoming memoir, "I'll Take Your Questions Now." In a chapter of the book, the former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham have written after the 2019 Dayton, Ohio, shootings that left nine people dead and 27 people injured, President Donald Trump visited an intensive-care unit and became upset after press cameras failed to capture medical staffers giving him acclamation. Grisham worked as both communications director and chief of staff for Melania Trump, and her telling of those experiences from deciphering the Trump marriage, to Melania Trump's relationship with her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump; her somewhat lackadaisical work ethic; and penchant for photo albums reveals fresh insight into the mind of Melania Trump. Grisham also described facing Trump's ire after he saw criticism from local Democratic politicians on the news over his tweets. "Why are you even on this plane? What do I have a whole team of people for if there is no one fucking defending me?" she recalled him telling her on Air Force One.

In a statement, Donald Trump said, "Too bad that sleaze bag publishers continue to report this very boring garbage. We and the MAGA movement are totally used to it. And someday in the not too distant future we will have our voice back and be treated fairly by the press." His spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, added, "This book is another pitiful attempt to cash in on the President's strength and sell lies about the Trump family." In a statement to CNN on Monday, a spokesperson for Melania Trump said, "The author is desperately trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump. Ms. Grisham is a deceitful and troubled individual who doesn't deserve anyone's trust." Grisham explores how her relationship with Trump was akin to "the distant, erratic father we all wanted to please." Grisham, a veteran of the Trump administration wrote that she accepted the tough treatment because she didn't have many options. "I was a single mom with no trust fund. If I had quit earlier, where would I have gone?" she wrote in the memoir. "The Trumps were all I had. At least that was what I believed for a long time."

Melania Trump often appeared in public as first lady without much indication as to what she was thinking, or revealing, outside of her stoic and at times unsmiling visage. There was the impression she really did not care, nor could be bothered, with what the American public and particularly the media thought about her. According to Grisham, that was not the case. Melania Trump was a fan of reading every little thing written about her, with consistency and frequency. "Like her husband and all of his kids, Mrs. Trump scrutinized her press clippings like an expert architect focusing on blueprints," writes Grisham. "No detail was overlooked, nothing missed her eye. She had Google alerts set up for herself and saw everything. Grisham says she recalls seeing her boss in the spacious office suite designated to the first lady only "a handful of times" during the four years she worked in the White House. "Mrs. Trump was working from home long before the country was," says Grisham, jokingly making reference to the Covid-era remote work habits of most Americans. "When warranted, we would have in-person meetings, but those generally took place in the Map Room across from the elevators to the residence. There we would plan out schedules, respond to pressing queries, and discuss goals. Other than that, the first lady kept to her rooms in the residence." Grisham also says Trump's main "work" the public did not see during her White House years was the hours and hours she spent devoted to copious and detailed photo albums. Grisham says hundreds if not thousands of photographs of her time in the White House were pored over and categorized and painstakingly placed into albums the keeping of which is a longtime hobby of the former first lady.

Grisham writes that behind the scenes there was tension between Melania and Ivanka Trump .due to Ivanka Trump's desire to be in the spotlight at public events. Melania Trump's ire toward her stepdaughter would often flare during foreign trips, because “Mrs. Trump spends a significant amount of time preparing for every trip. This includes protocol briefings, event memos, logistics, speech preparation when applicable and research and selection for the gift exchange.” these traditions in each country were reserved only for a president and a first spouse not a president's daughter and her husband. When Ivanka wanted to muscle in on the Trump's visit to the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, according to Grisham, Melania put her foot down and insisted that Ivanka and Jared not be in the spotlight. Instead, the two were photographed watching from the windows inside Buckingham Palace as Melania Trump, laughed and held court with the Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. "Grisham wrote that she texted the first lady, Melania Trump, on that day and asked whether she desired to speak out publicly against the riot, receiving the response "No." Grisham added, according to The Post, that she was broken by the response and that after a minute she texted the first lady and subsequently resigned as her chief of staff and press secretary.

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