“The President called her into the cabin.” Who and why is spreading the secrets of the White House

Ksenia Melnikova

“A burning car with a clown driving at breakneck speed rushed to the fireworks warehouse” – this is how Stephanie Grisham, who briefly worked as Donald Trump’s press secretary, describes the situation in the White House. The other day a book of her memoirs about the “bad character” of the ex-president will be published. The billionaire is no stranger to: he does not hesitate to call the authors of such memoirs fools and offended fools. Apparently, his team had the most chatty employees. Why it is so easy to reveal the political cuisine of Washington, RIA Novosti figured out.

There are no problems at the bottom

“Just a terrible character. He could be angry with anyone, no matter whether a person deserved or not. He criticized the appearance of people, their intelligence. Most of all he hated the White House lawyers, because they pointed out to him that his actions were unethical or illegal,” he writes in his memoirs “Now I will answer your questions: what did I see at the Trump White House,” former presidential press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Not a newcomer to the team, she was well aware of the atmosphere in the billionaire’s family. From 2017 to 2019, Grisham worked as the press secretary for Melania Trump, then moved to her husband.

The book will be released on October 5. As the American media write, “new amazing scandals await our readers.” “I immediately introduced Stephanie: she is standing in a lake of gasoline and striking a match with a grin on her face,” reacted one of Grisham’s former colleagues.

Trump is represented by the author of the book as a president who “tried to impress the dictators and stared at the young assistant.” Force One. Advised to promote her in career, show on TV. Said: “Let’s bring her here and see her ass.”

Grisham claims: Trump once noticed that she was not wearing tights, and then asked her boyfriend if she was “good in bed.”

Another unpleasant incident occurred after the scandalous book by Stephanie Clifford, better known as pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, was published. For three hundred pages, she elaborated on Trump’s physical features. According to Grisham’s recollections, the president called her from Air Force One and assured her that “down there, everything is in order.”

“Yes, sir,” I could only answer. “I never imagined that I would ever talk to an American leader about his p…s. Fortunately, our conversation ended soon after.”

Grisham claims that Trump did not like his European colleagues, making an exception only for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The ex-president himself called the book of the former press secretary, like other similar publications, “boring rubbish”: they spread “offensive and inaccurate information”, receiving money for this “from left-wing radical publishing houses.”

Liz Harrington, the current “voice” of the billionaire, added: “From the beginning it was clear that Stephanie did not have the necessary skills. Due to problems in her personal life, she became embittered. They stopped relying on her and even forgot about her altogether.” She reminded of herself, admittedly, loudly.


Former Trump employees are generally willing to share their memories. People often and scandalously left his team – it is not surprising that now they criticize the former boss and openly taunt him.

In August 2018, Trump sued Omarosa Manigault-Newman for writing the book Unstable: An Insider’s Story of Trump’s White House. The former assistant not only said that the boss was a racist, but also hinted that his relationship with his daughter went beyond the generally accepted: too often he kissed Ivanka, “took by the hips” and emphasized her sexuality. According to Manigault-Newman, during his inauguration, Trump wanted to swear on his book The Art of the Deal instead of the Bible, and Melania dreamed of a divorce.

Trump, in his usual manner, called the former assistant a “dog” and a “screaming jerk”, and his campaign headquarters filed a lawsuit against her.

Among all the publications about the 45th American leader, the book “The Room Where It All Happened: Memoirs from the White House” stands out. The author is former national security adviser John Bolton. At first, his work was checked for a long time for the presence of classified information. Trump insisted that even the content of the conversations with the US President is a state secret. But the court came to a different conclusion: the book was still allowed to be published. And the scandal that broke out around her only fueled interest.

Bolton describes in detail the entire “inner kitchen” of the White House. Trump allegedly wanted to be re-elected for a second term so badly that he even tried to enlist the support of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, promising to increase the volume of purchases of soybeans and wheat. Bolton said the president said that “it would be cool to conquer Venezuela” because in fact this country is “part of the United States.”

He did not know that Britain was a nuclear power and asked if Finland was part of Russia.

After the publication, Trump called the former aide a “dolt” and “an offended boring fool who wanted one thing – to start a war.” The American media believe that Bolton was trying to shield himself and make money. The advance received by him from the publishing house amounted to two million dollars, but one can only guess about the full amount of the fee, earnings on advertising tours, lectures and paid interviews.

The only ones who have described Trump in a pretty positive way in their flashbacks are his ex-press secretary Sean Spicer and former US spokesman for the UN Nikki Haley.

Spicer worked with the president for 182 days and showed complete loyalty even after his resignation. In the book, he called Trump “a unicorn riding a unicorn and riding a rainbow.”

He admired the ability to turn the tide in his favor, but regretted that the White House could not attract enough professionals. Trump appreciated such creativity: the book was “written from the heart and with knowledge of the matter.”

Memoir “With All Respect” by Nikki Haley also lived up to its name. She said that then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to “recruit” her to work against the president, but she refused.

Obama also got it

The political memoirs of the ex-employees were also inconvenient for other American presidents. Former Defense Minister Leon Panetta criticized his boss, Barack Obama, in Battles That Are Worth It.

He lashed out at the former chief for the quick withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011, as well as for his position on Syria. The president was supposed to arm the “moderate groups” of Bashar al-Assad’s opponents from the outset, but he did not.

And Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, wrote in his memoir “Minister at War” that Obama, when making decisions on Afgh-anistan, was guided by po-litical rather than military logic. The president had to publicly justify himself.

George W. Bush was exposed in the book “The Price of Loyalty” by former Finance Minister Paul O’Neill: he criticized the financial decisions of the administration, as well as the invasion of Iraq. Bush chose to answer the accusations with his own memoirs.

Drunk is better than sober

In Europe, judgments about working with leaders are not published as often. But no less scandalous. In 2014, Helmut Kohl tried to prevent the release of his memories of himself.

How-ever, the book “Testament. Kohl’s Protocols” by Herbert Schwan nevertheless appeared on the shelves. The author quoted the non-public statements of the “chancellor-unifier”. And Kohl, I must say, was not shy in expressions.

For example, he argued that Merkel “does not understand anything at all” and did not even know the rules of etiquette. “She could not hold a knife and fork correctly, did not understand what to do at state dinners. She had to constantly control her,” Shvan quoted Kohl as saying. The former chancellor described Gerhard Schroeder as mercantile and “cold as a fish.” Mikhail Gorbachev was accused of weakness and inability to keep the GDR, but he liked the first president of Russia in any state: “Drunk Yeltsin was much better than many sober people.”

Kohl told Schwan that he treated Margaret Thatcher to pork stomachs with sauerkraut, for which she called him 100% German, and also recalled how the British politician “fell asleep at the G7 meetings and almost fell out of the chair, holding on to her purse.”

After the publication of the publication, Kohl, like many other leaders, called everything written about him in his memoirs a lie. At the same time, the publication of the book did not affect the reputation of the former chancellor.

But in such stories, the most questionable is the very ability to easily reveal the secrets of presidential administrations. Even in large companies, not only in the civil service, a non-disclosure agreement is concluded with employees. Saying too much about the former boss can lead to a huge fine.

But, apparently, in the turmoil of the first days of Trump’s presidency, with some employees they simply did not have time to sign such a document. “Y-es, and those who signed, after talking with lawyers, found some loopholes. Some, like John Bolton, coordinated publications with the National Security Council. They checked whether the text contains classified information,” one of the former American diplomats, who asked to remain anonymous.

In addition, many accusations against former bosses based on personal conversations are simply impossible to verify. But all authors are united by a desire to speak out, to relieve themselves of responsibility for the decisions made and, of course, to increase income. After all, money will bring not only the book, but all the advertising tinsel around it. Obviously, neither Grisham nor Manigault-Newman will ever be recruited as press secretary or assistant. But they will invite you for an interview or buy the rights to the film adaptation – but you never know how to make money on memories.

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