Stephanie Grisham called Lindsey Graham ‘Senator Freeloader’ and said he would show up at Mar-a-Lago to ‘stuff his face with free food’: book

Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

  • In her forthcoming memoir, Stephanie Grisham blasted Sen. Graham for his trips to Trump properties.
  • “It struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow,” she wrote.
  • Graham, once a Trump rival, has become one of the former president’s closest advisors.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was once one of Donald Trump’s most vocal political opponents, has morphed into one of the former president’s most trusted advisors in recent years.

However, the South Carolina Republican definitely didn’t win over former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who lambasted the lawmaker in her forthcoming memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now“, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

In the memoir, Grisham lumps the senator in with “hangers-on” who sought to be a part of Trump’s orbit, criticizing Graham for his numerous visits to the former president’s properties in an attempt to score free “goodies.”

“Someone who was almost as frequent a guest at Trump properties as I was Senator Lindsey Graham,” she wrote. “Okay, I’m exaggerating, but not by much. The difference, of course, is that I was there to work.”

The former press secretary proceeded to question what she felt were inconsistencies in Graham’s personal relationship with Trump.

“Of all the various characters and hangers-on in Trump World, Lindsey was one of the weirder ones, and that’s saying something. He seemed almost schizophrenic,” she wrote. “Some days he would be one of Trump’s most vigorous defenders; other days he was a harsh critic. People around the president would tell him that he couldn’t trust Graham, but Trump seemed to like him whatever reason and I often wondered if he sought Lindsey’s approval.”

Grisham then directed some of her most pointed criticism at Graham’s conduct when he frequented Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the former president’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.

“It struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow (seems that he still is). He would show up at Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster to play free rounds of golf, stuff his face with free food, and hang out with Trump and his celebrity pals,” she wrote.

“On one occasion, I came across him at Bedminster after he’d kicked out a White House staff member so he could take her room,” she added. “Senator Freeloader was sitting at a table by the pool, a big grin on his face, lapping up the goodies he was getting like some potentate. He said to me, with a creepy little smile, ‘Isn’t this great? Man, this is the life.'”

Grisham, who was put off by the conversation, said that the encounter left a lasting impression in her mind.

“I remember thinking, ‘Yes it is, but it’s not your life – it’s the president’s life.’ There was something so gross and tacky about his behavior during that trip that the image never left me,” she wrote.

During her tenure as White House press secretary, Grisham never conducted regular briefings. She resigned as the chief of staff and press secretary to first lady Melania Trump after the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

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Trump travels from New Jersey to New York City ‘at least once a week’ to work ‘mostly alone’ without attracting much attention: NYT

Former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021.

  • Trump has been working at his namesake tower “at least once a week,” according to the NYT.
  • The trips to Manhattan have reportedly occurred “without attracting much attention.”
  • He is currently residing at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the summer.
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With former President Donald Trump escaping the Florida heat and temporarily residing at his New Jersey golf club for the summer, trips to Trump Tower are also part of his routine, according to The New York Times.

Trump, a native New Yorker whose business relationships have long been rooted in Manhattan, reportedly commutes from Bedminster to the city “at least once a week,” and comes back and forth “without attracting much attention,” according to The Times.

When Trump descended from an escalator into the lobby of Trump Tower to announce the launch of his successful 2016 presidential campaign, the building accentuated his burgeoning political power to the world.

However, after a tumultuous term in office and a failed reelection campaign last year, the mood is decidedly different in Trump’s longtime business hub.

Many of Trump’s longtime employees are no longer at the company and family members who once worked with the former president in Manhattan are in different locales.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, was once of fixture of the building but has become one of the former president’s highest-profile critics after being investigated and convicted of tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

According to The Times, the former president works “mostly alone” in his Trump Tower office, with two assistants and a small amount of body men.

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The report also notes that Trump’s political operation has “dwindled to a ragtag team of former advisers who are still on his payroll,” similar to the group that helped him win in 2016.

However, according to The Times, “most of them go days or weeks without interacting with Trump in person.”

As Insider’s Tom LoBianco reported last month, the former president is also “filling his days with endless rounds of golf and emailed tirades against enemies.”

With control of the Republican Party still in his minds, Trump continues to issue political endorsements for allies as he mulls a potential 2024 presidential campaign.

The former president is seemingly downplaying his serious legal woes – New York prosecutors recently convened a grand jury to investigate whether the Trump organization committed financial crimes and the New York attorney general’s office is also conducting criminal investigations into the organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

“This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history,” Trump said in a statement last month. “It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it’s never stopped. They wasted two years and $48 million in taxpayer dollars on Mueller and Russia Russia Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and it continues to this day, with illegally leaked confidential information.”

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The Secret Service is reportedly spending nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets near Trump’s Bedminster golf club

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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on October 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Trump traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey, to meet with supporters.

The Secret Service is spending $34,140 to rent portable toilets in Bedminster, New Jersey, over the summer, according to federal data obtained by The Daily Beast.

The expense report says the rental bathroom trailers are from Imperial Restrooms of Saugerties, New York, cost about $8,500 per month, and will stay in Bedminster through September.

Trump, who spent his first few months out of the White House at his Mar-a-Lago estate, plans to stay at his Bedminster golf club through the summer, Trump advisors told Insider in April.

He appeared at a Make America Great Again Action fundraiser at Bedminster last month, Patch reported.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.

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