The episode is just one of many behind-the-scenes revelations from Grisham, who was one of Trump’s top executives and witnessed several defining moments in the Trump administration.
Grisham began working for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015 as a press secretary during the election campaign. She entered the White House as a deputy press secretary under Sean Spicer, but in March 2017 Melania Trump hired her for her East Wing staff. As the East Wing’s director of communications, Grisham quickly became the most important member of the First Lady’s staff.
In a statement provided to CNN, Trump said: “Too bad the sleazy bag editors keep reporting this very annoying 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 spokesperson, Liz Harrington, added: “This book is another pitiful attempt to leverage the president’s strength and sell lies about the Trump family.”
CNN has reached out to Melania Trump’s office for comment on Grisham’s book.
“The intention behind this book is obvious,” Melania Trump’s office said in a statement to the Post. “It’s an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as a press secretary, failed personal relationships and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through falsehood and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and insight. money at the expense of Mrs. Trump. “
“Well that was embarrassing”
Grisham details the tumultuous time after Trump’s alleged affairs with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were made public, describing Melania Trump’s “anger” and her attempts to distance herself from her husband. Grisham says public humiliation turned Melania Trump into an emboldened first lady.
“After the story of Stormy Daniels and all the allegations that followed other women, I felt Ms. Trump was basically on a rampage,” Grisham writes. “She had always been independent from her husband, but now, as the aggrieved and publicly humiliated first lady, she seemed free to do whatever she wanted or didn’t want to do.”
Grisham also faced a humiliating episode following Daniels’ news. The then president called Grisham of Air Force One to tell him that his manhood, which Daniels detailed in an interview, was “fine.”
“’Everything is fine over there,’ he said. What was I supposed to say to that? sir, “I replied. Well, that was embarrassing.”
Grisham writes that Trump once asked her then-boyfriend, who was also an aide to Trump, if she was good in bed. She also alleges that Trump would constantly ask where a young press assistant was at press events and once asked that she be brought to his cabin on Air Force One so he could “watch her. [behind]. “
The former press secretary is also unraveling one of the biggest mysteries in Trump’s public image: his hair.
Grisham says Trump cuts it himself, “with a huge pair of scissors that could possibly cut a ribbon at the opening of one of his properties.”
Interactions with Poutine
Grisham also details some of the interactions between the former president and one of the main axes of his presidency: Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
According to Grisham, Trump has told Russian President Vladimir Putin he will act harder on him when the cameras roll at a Group of 20 summit in 2019.
“Okay, I’m going to be a little harder on you for a few minutes. But this is for the cameras, and after they leave we’ll talk. You understand,” Trump told Putin when they met in margin of the G20 in Osaka, Japan, writes Grisham.
Grisham also writes about Trump’s intense temper tantrums and fury, of which she was often the target, describing his behavior as “terrifying.”
“When I started to see how his temper wasn’t just due to shock or the cameras, I started to regret my decision to go to the West Wing,” Grisham writes, who says that much of Trump’s anger was often directed at White. Chamber attorney Pat Cipollone. “He didn’t like them telling him that the things he wanted to do were unethical or illegal. So he would yell at them. But then he would usually listen. And then yell at them again later. “
CNN’s Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.