Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham is writing a damaging memoir about her time working for him and Melania

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Then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters in 2019.

  • Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham is writing a tell-all memoir.
  • A source hinted it would be damaging, telling Axios Grisham knows “where all the bodies are buried.”
  • Grisham also worked for Melania Trump when she was first lady before serving Trump.
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Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is writing a memoir about her time working for former President Donald Trump in which she’s expected to reveal new scandals, Axios reported Thursday.

Grisham served as press secretary in Trump’s White House from July 2019 to April 2020 and also worked as chief of staff and communications chief for first lady Melania Trump.

As a member of the inner circle of both the president and first lady, she had a unique insight into the Trump family’s four years in the White House, sources told Axios.

“Grisham knows where all the bodies are buried because she buried a lot of them herself,” an unnamed person told Axios.

Grisham “has receipts … she was a press person and it was her job to make sure she knew what was happening,” added the source.

“I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House,” will be published by HarperCollins on October 5, according to prepublication details posted on Amazon.

It is due to join a number of other memoirs by former Trump aides containing damaging behind-the-scenes details of Trump’s chaotic style of governing, among them an expos√© by the former national security advisor John Bolton.

Grisham was the only White House press secretary in history not to hold in-person briefings for journalists, instead delivering remarks to pro-Trump networks such as Fox News, where she attacked the media.

During her tenure she battled against the almost-daily scandals and turmoil that marked Trump’s term as president, including the investigation that resulted in Trump’s first impeachment in November 2019.

At the time, she was critical of journalists seeking to “get famous” by writing books about Trump.

“They’re writing books now. They’re all getting famous off of this presidency,” she told host Brian Kilmeade of “Fox & Friends” in September 2019.

After resigning as press secretary, she served as chief of staff to Melania Trump. She resigned on January 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol riot.

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Melania Trump is telling friends she has no interest in being first lady again despite her husband’s 2024 teases, report says

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  • Melania Trump is telling friends she’s not interested in being first lady again, according to CNN.
  • Donald Trump continues to tease a potential 2024 run, telling supporters they will be “very happy.”
  • But CNN said Melania doesn’t plan to help with the campaign.
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Former First Lady Melania Trump is not interested in taking back the title, sources told CNN, despite her husband dangling the possibility of another Trump campaign over his supporters.

“Not unlike 2016, Melania Trump has no intention really of joining the campaign,” CNN’s Kate Bennett said on Sunday. “I’ve spoken to people who said that she’s not even really interested in being in the White House again, going through being first lady again.”

Several of Melania Trump’s friends told the outlet she has no interest in returning the White House, let alone helping if her husband decides to run.

Former President Donald Trump has not yet said if he plans to run in 2024, though he has teased the possibility multiple times, saying his supporters will be “very happy” with his decision.

Previous reports have said Melania Trump was “happy and relaxed” since exiting the White House earlier this year. She’s largely remained out of the public eye, unlike some of her predecessors, and has made few public appearances.

“She’s retreated now back to Mar-a-Lago, being a mom,” Bennett said. “We know she’s an extremely private person and that being in the public eye wasn’t necessarily something she wanted to do in the first place.”

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has continued to fundraise and hold rallies despite not yet announcing a 2024 bid.

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Melania Trump hit back at a presidential historian who accused her of ‘eviscerating’ the White House Rose Garden

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A photo of the White House Rose Garden shared by first lady Jill Biden in May.

  • Historian Michael Beschloss criticized the changes Melania Trump made to the Rose Garden last year.
  • The former first lady’s office said in a tweet Beschloss’s “misleading information is dishonorable.”
  • The White House Rose Garden has commonly been used by presidents for speeches and other appearances.
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Former First Lady Melania Trump ripped into a presidential historian who had criticized the renovations she did on the White House Rose Garden.

Michael Beschloss, an NBC contributor and historian who specializes in the US presidency, took to Twitter Saturday to lambast Trump’s changes as an “evisceration” and affront to American history.

“Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month, and here was the grim result-decades of American history made to disappear,” Beschloss wrote, alongside a picture of the garden from last year that doesn’t show many flowers.

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The Twitter account for the Office of Melania Trump retweeted the post, accusing Beschloss of being “misleading” and doubting his credibility as a historian.

@BeschlossDC has proven his ignorance by showing a picture of the Rose Garden in its infancy. The Rose Garden is graced with a healthy & colorful blossoming of roses,” the tweet said, alongside a photo of the Rose Garden that shows more flowers in bloom. “His misleading information is dishonorable & he should never be trusted as a professional historian.”

Trump announced in July 2020 that she would be renovating the Rose Garden, which is frequently used by American presidents for speeches and other appearances. The renovation was revealed in August of last year.

This year, a petition asking First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to undo Trump’s changes and restore the garden to its prior state has garnered more than 80,0000 signatures, Insider’s Thomas Colson reported.

Some people had criticized the removal of 10 crabapple trees, which the White House said were moved elsewhere on the White House grounds, and the removal of some colorful flowers.

But Reuters reported many of the widely shared claims about Trump’s renovations were false.

A photo of the Rose Garden shared by Jill Biden in May shows colorful flowers that cannot be seen in the photo Beschloss posted. Biden captioned the photo, “Spring is here at the @WhiteHouse!”

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Melania Trump agreed with her husband that ‘John McCain isn’t a war hero,’ a former aide says

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Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump.

  • Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign looked finished when he said McCain wasn’t a “war hero.”
  • Pundits and conservative talk show hosts said he had to apologize or he was out.
  • But his wife agreed with Trump, his former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski told Insider.
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Former first lady Melania Trump shared her husband’s low opinion of the late Republican Sen. John McCain’s military record.

She agreed with then-candidate Donald Trump when he said during a 2016 GOP primary event in Iowa that the Arizona senator was “not a war hero,” according to Trump’s former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski.

Lewandowski, who spoke to Insider as part of an oral history project on Trump’s takeover of the GOP, said he and Trump met up with Melania Trump in New Jersey as political pundits and conservative talk-show hosts were saying Trump had to apologize. He thought the comment would end Trump’s campaign.

“As we walked in the door, Mrs. Trump was waiting for us,” Lewandowski said. “She said: ‘You’re right. John McCain isn’t a war hero. What he has done for the veterans has been shameful.'”

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Michael Cohen, who worked during the 2016 campaign as Trump’s personal attorney, acknowledged to Insider as part of the oral history project that Melania Trump wasn’t shy about sharing her thoughts to her husband.

“Melania played a very limited role during the campaign not believing Donald would actually win,” Cohen said. “However, when directly asked for her opinion on a matter by Donald, she offered it readily.”

A spokesperson for Melania Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump attacked McCain in July 2015 during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, in the first of several moments when it looked like Trump’s campaign was over before it had even really begun. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, had been a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump told the moderator Frank Luntz. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Trump’s gripes about McCain continued after his death on August 25, 2018. Trump was not invited to the funeral, although former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both delivered eulogies.

When McCain died, Melania Trump tweeted, “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.”

A day later, her husband broke his silence on McCain’s death and tweeted, “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”

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A ‘happy and relaxed’ Melania Trump is enjoying life after leaving the White House, report says

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump exit Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport on the way to Mar-a-Lago Club on January 20.

  • Melania Trump has stayed out of politics and the limelight since leaving the White House.
  • The former first lady sometimes enjoys spa treatments twice a day at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reports.
  • Sources close to the family say Melania appears “happy and relaxed.”
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Unlike her husband, Melania Trump has stayed out of politics since she left the White House in January.

The former first lady has not made any public appearances, and is even laying low at the couple’s residence, the Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to a CNN report on Wednesday.

“She’s not a presence at Mar-a-Lago at all,” a source close to the former first family told CNN. “She’s not mingling with people and rarely interacts with her husband’s staff.”

Instead, Trump fills her days with regular visits to the on-site spa, occasionally getting treatments twice a day, a source told CNN. She also spends her time with the couple’s 15-year-old son, Barron, as well as with her parents, who sometimes spend weeks at the resort in their own personal suite.

Former President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has kept up his appearances, hosting lavish dinners and fundraisers for Republican groups and allies at his club.

Sources close to the family told CNN that Melania seems “happy and relaxed” when they do see her at dinner, and smiles and waves to guests as she arrives at the dining area with Trump.

The change of pace for the former first lady has been a long time coming. As CNN reported in December, Melania had grown eager to leave the White House and was privately planning her future. “She just wants to go home,” a source familiar with her thinking told CNN at the time.

The outlet also reported in January that Melania was looking for office space in Florida to continue the “Be Best” initiative she launched in 2018, a campaign focused on children’s wellbeing and cyberbullying.

Melania has set up her own office at the club, but little has come out of it so far, besides an embellished logo that resembles a presidential seal, CNN reported. She also has not yet announced plans for a memoir, a typical move for first ladies once they exit the White House.

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Ivanka Trump breaks Twitter silence to posts photos of herself getting a COVID-19 vaccine

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Former President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump.

  • Ivanka Trump posted photos of herself receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
  • Trump is the first member of her immediate family to publicize her vaccination.
  • Republican voters and Trump loyalists are disproportionately hesitant or unwilling to get vaccinated.
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Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, broke her months-long silence on Twitter to post photos of herself getting a COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday.

“Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too!” Trump tweeted. “Thank you Nurse Torres!!!”

Trump, who hasn’t tweeted in almost three months, is the first member of her immediate family to publicize her vaccination. The former president and first lady didn’t tell the public that they were vaccinated. The news that they privately received immunizations in January was first reported by The New York Times in March.

Trump’s enthusiastic post about the COVID-19 vaccine is potentially significant because Republican voters and Trump loyalists are disproportionately hesitant or unwilling to get vaccinated.

About 25% of Trump voters told pollster Frank Luntz that they “definitely will not” get vaccinated and another 21% said they would wait for over a year to get the shot. Younger Republican women, those who live in rural areas, and those who don’t have a college degrees, are particularly concerned about getting a vaccine.

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Trump reportedly granted Secret Service protections to all his adult children and 3 top officials before he left the White House. It will cost US taxpayers millions.

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021

  • Former President Donald Trump granted extended Secret Service protections to his four adult children and their spouses before he left the White House, The Washington Post reported.
  • Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien will also receive the expensive, full-time security detail.
  • The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company.
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Former President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protections for all of his adult children and their spouses, as well as three top administration officials, just before leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The taxpayer-funded security will be extended to Trump’s four adult children and their spouses – Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, three people familiar with the president’s request told The Post. Trump’s grandchildren will also be included in the protections deriving from that of their parents.

Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien were also granted Secret Service protections by the president, according to The Post report.

The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, The Post reported, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company, the Trump Organization.

“From 2017 to 2019, government records show, Trump family members took more than 4,500 trips that required the Secret Service to travel alongside them, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars,” according to The Post report.

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Typically, Trump and his wife Melania are automatically granted the expensive 24-hour protection for their lifetimes, and their 14-year-old son Barron will receive such protections until the age of 16. Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are also entitled to full-time security detail post-administration for the next six months.

Trump isn’t the first president to extend Secret Service protections to those who aren’t automatically entitled to receive them. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush granted security details to their college-age daughters for a period of time following their terms. Former President Barack Obama extended protections to his daughters Sasha and Malia after he left office, who were in high school and college respectively.

The news of the security detail extension comes on the heels of President Joe Biden being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States just before noon on Wednesday. Just hours before, Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump left the White House aboard Marine One to Palm Beach, Florida.

The Secret Service is also prepping to grant protections to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and their families, including Biden’s two adult children and Harris’ two stepchildren.

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Doctor who criticized Trump’s actions during COVID-19 hospital stay removed from Walter Reed schedule: report

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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

  • Dr. James Phillips has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.
  • Phillips criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for COVID-19 in October.
  • During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”
  • Walter Reed officials told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”
  • The president was treated at Walter Reed for four days before being released.
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Dr. James Phillips, the emergency room physician who called out President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for the coronavirus in October, has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.

On October 4, Trump rode in a motorcade with attending Secret Service agents while still being infected with COVID-19. Phillips, the chief of disaster and operational medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed, harshly criticized the president’s actions at the time.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Phillips wrote: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

He added in another tweet that has also been deleted: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”

Officials at Walter Reed told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”

They added: “There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”

This decision comes more than two months after Phillips’ initial criticism and a month after President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump in the November general election.

“Colleagues of Dr. Phillips were surprised that a disaster medicine specialist would be eliminated from the schedule at a busy military hospital at a time when Maryland is nearing a record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations,” according to CBS News.

Trump, who revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 2, stayed at the Walter Reed facility in Bethesda, Maryland for four days before being released. The first lady, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, were also infected with the virus but recuperated at the White House.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residency is being spruced up while Melania checks out schools for Barron as the family eyes move to Florida, sources say

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President Donald Trump returns to the White House with First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Baron (L) after a weekend in Bedminster on August 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • President Trump has asked for renovations to be made to his Mar-a-Lago residence as the first family considers moving to Florida after leaving the White House, People reported this week.
  • The White House has not made any official announcement about Trump’s post-presidency plans, but sources say the family’s private residence at the resort in Palm Beach “will be expanded and spruced up.”
  • First Lady Melania Trump is reportedly also looking for schools around the Palm Beach area and neighboring Broward County for 14-year-old Barron.
  • Despite being a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has always enjoyed spending time in Florida and even listed it as its primary residence in October last year.
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Builders are making renovations to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and First Lady Melania Trump is inspecting schools as the first family considers Florida as their next home, People reported this week.

While the White House has yet to make any official announcement about Trump’s post-presidency plans, sources close to the president told People that the 2,000-square-foot private residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach “will be expanded and spruced up.”

“They are definitely renovating his apartment within the Mar-a-Lago Club to make it larger, more modern, and comfortable for his use,” the source said, according to People.

“Mar-a-Lago is iconic, a building he took great pride in renovating when he bought it,” the source added. “It makes sense that he wants to be there and will make the mansion his home.”

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President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Melania Trump is also planning and has reportedly been looking for schools in the area for 14-year-old Barron to attend.

“They have looked all over Palm Beach County and neighboring Broward County for just the right place,” another source close to the first lady told People. “There are several options, and they will decide soon.”

Despite being a lifelong New Yorker, Trump has always enjoyed spending time in Florida, a state which voted for him in the 2016 and 2020 presidential election.

“No matter what else is happening in the world, he is treated like royalty at Mar-a-Lago. He loves to be here,” one source previously said, according to the Sun.

In October last year, the first family even changed their primary address from Fifth Avenue’s Trump Tower to the ocean-side resort club. The¬†president likes to spend a significant amount of time playing golf.

This isn’t to say that Trump will not be going to New York at all.

A White House source told People that the Trump family “has many homes and they will be traveling between them.” His properties include his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Trump Tower in New York City.

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner seem to be steering away from New York City, where they were once prominent Manhattan socialites.

Last month, the couple – who have three children – were drawing up plans to expand their property in New Jersey and were reportedly planning on turning to other endeavors beyond real estate.

Trump is set to move out of the White House on January 20, after losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden last month.

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