Stephanie Grisham is ‘going for it’ in her forthcoming memoir about her time serving in the Trump White House, telling all about working for Donald and Melania Trump – and expecting retaliation in return.
The news Grisham is writing about her time with the Trumps shocked the political world Thursday morning. Grisham, who served as Donald Trump‘s press secretary and Melania Trump’s chief of staff, was seen as one of their most loyal aides, who had been with Trump since the early days of his underdog presidential campaign.
‘She is going for it, telling her truth, and letting the chips fall where they may,’ a source close to the publication told DailyMail.com. ‘She knows all the skeletons that are in various closets and she’s opening doors. But she also has been warned that the Trumps are going to strike back hard.’
The source declined to give specific details but noted: ‘She definitely has receipts.’
Her book – ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House’ – will be published Oct. 5 by Harper Collins.
Melania Trump’s former chief of staff Stephanie Grisham will publish a memoir next month that will reportedly detail ‘where the bodies are buried’. The book: ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House’, will reveal ‘surprising new scandals’ from Trump’s turbulent four years in office
Grisham was seen as Melania’s enforcer and protector and was one of the few people who saw the former First Lady and Trump in their private residence
Grisham, 45, is the only person to have served as a top aide to not just Melania but also to Trump, where she was White House press secretary and communications director
Grisham kept a fairly low profile in the Trump White House, despite serving in the highly public position of White House press secretary. She was famous – and criticized – for never holding a press briefing.
She was also very close to Melania Trump. The two women would text often and Melania Trump brought Grisham back to the East Wing, keeping her in the Trump White House, after Mark Meadows had her pushed out as press secretary when he became chief of staff.
Grisham quit the White House in protest after the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win.
She’s stayed quiet since then and there were no indications she would write about the Trumps, unlike former aides like Kellyanne Conway, who is also writing about the former president.
‘She’s kept a low profile deliberately since resigning from the White House. She wanted to process her experience and what it meant. Now she’s looking at her experience from a distance and wants people to know what the Trump White House was really like, especially since he’s considering a run again,’ the publication source said.
A source close to the publishers said: ‘Grisham knows where all the bodies are buried because she buried a lot of them herself’
Grisham began working in Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015 as a press wrangler.
She followed the Trumps to the White House, joining Melania in the East Wing to over see her communications From June 2019 through April 2020, Grisham served as White House press secretary, before moving back to the East Wing as Melania’s chief of staff.
A former West Wing colleague of Grisham’s told Axios, which first reported the book’s release: ‘When I heard this, all I could think about was Stephanie surrounded by a lake of gasoline, striking a match with a grin on her face’.
Grisham, 45, is the only person to have served as a top aide to not just Melania but also to Trump, where she was White House press secretary and communications director.
Her ‘top secret’ memoir was kept under wraps until its news broke with just a month to go until the release.
A source close to the publishers told Axios: ‘Grisham knows where all the bodies are buried because she buried a lot of them herself’.
Grisham supposedly ‘has receipts…she was a press person and it was her job to make sure she knew what was happening’.
Grisham’s time as press secretary in the White House was marked by few on-camera press briefings.
She was forced out by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in April last year and returned to the East Wing.
In her resignation statement, which she released 14 days before the end of the Trump administration, Grisham said: ‘It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House.
‘I am very proud to have been a part of Mrs Trump’s mission to help children everywhere, and proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration’.
Previous books by Melania’s aides have been among the most caustic to emerge from the Trump administration.
They include Stephanie Winston Wolkoff who was a close friend of the former First Lady and served as an unofficial advisor until February 2018 when she quit.
Winston Wolkoff, a Manhattan fashion and society party planner, secretly recorded Melania saying ‘give me a f***ing break’ about separating migrant children from their mothers at the border.
Winston Wolkoff depicted Melania as obsessed with her image and claimed that she tried to ensure that Trump’s daughter Ivanka did not appear in photos of her father’s inauguration.
In her book, ‘Melania & Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady’, which became a New York Times bestseller, Winston Wolkoff claimed that Melania didn’t want to use the same shower and toilet as her predecessor, Michelle Obama.
Melania blasted Winston Wolkoff’s book in a blog post in which she said it was a desperate ‘attempt to be relevant’.
Melania claimed that the book was ‘not only wildly self-aggrandizing, it’s just not truthful’.
Melania’s former best friend and aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote Melania & Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady’, which became a New York Times bestseller. Winston Wolkoff claimed that Melania didn’t want to use the same shower and toilet as her predecessor, Michelle Obama
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book titled The Room Where It Happened, has sold more than a million copies since it was released last summer. Bolton was reportedly paid a $2million advance for his book
Those comments earned a rebuke from a source close to Winston Wolkoff who laughed them off in an interview with DailyMail.com.
The insider said: ‘Stephanie was the only person who cared about Melania and the role of the future first lady. If Stephanie wasn’t there, Melania wouldn’t have been a priority or kept in the loop.
‘When Stephanie was Melania’s top advisor, she tried to support and protect her especially from Ivanka and her ongoing attempts to undermine the First Lady. Those first months in the White House were exactly as Stephanie described in her book, just miserable’.
Other exposes of the Trump administration have been arguably more unflattering.
In ‘Rage’, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward claimed that Trump’s aides tried to restrain his impulses by literally swiping documents off his Oval Office desk to stop him signing them.
The former President’s former top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, ‘stole’ one letter because he thought it was a threat to national security.
The document was to formally withdraw the United States from a trade agreement with South Korea.
Cohn told one associate: ‘I wouldn’t let him see it. He’s never going to see that document. Got to protect the country’.
Cohn later claimed that Trump did not even notice that it was missing.
In ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’, Michael Wolff claimed that Trump was so mentally incapacitated he was not capable of executive functions.
The book described him as ‘semi-literate’, claimed that his attention span was as short as that of a toddler and that even Ivanka treated him like a baby.
Trump responded by Tweeting that he was a ‘very stable genius’, a comment which became the title of yet another damning expose about his Presidency.
Some media reports have been equally damaging to Trump, such as Axios obtaining leaked schedules of his daily routine which showed he turned up for work at 11am.
Trump supposedly came downstairs from his residence at the White House long after most people had already begun working.
He typically worked until 6pm but his days sometimes ended at 4pm – and he had regular breaks for ‘executive time’ in between.
The term ‘executive time’ was used for when Trump was upstairs in his residence Tweeting, watching cable TV – and venting his rage in phone calls to friends.
Bombshell Trump books that have made his former employees and adversaries millions
Stephanie Grisham joins a tall list of former Trump employees who have made a hefty check from writing about their time with the president, including former FBI director James Comey, National Security Advisor John Bolton and personal fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen.
Some of the first Trump books from early on in his presidency came from journalists, beginning with Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s Fear, which sold more than two million copies.
Then in trickled the disgruntled former employees who were either fired or resigned and signed deals to tell their personal experiences in the White House.
White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, who served for just 11 days released Trump: The Blue Collar President and Omarosa Manigault Newman, former assistant to the president, wrote Unhinged.
John Bolton’s book titled The Room Where It Happened, has sold more than a million copies since it was released last summer.
Bolton was reportedly paid a $2million advance for his book.
Meanwhile, the best-selling of all Trump books so far comes from none other than family – his niece Mary L. Trump.
She has written Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man.
The book reflects its title and gives a harsh critique of President Trump. Her book has sold over $1.3million copies and has gone into its 20th printing.
James Comey, former F.B.I. director, reportedly was paid a $2million advance for his book A Higher Loyalty.
First Lady Melania has not escaped the scrutiny either, as her former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has now written a book titled Melania and Me.
In it, she tells how Melania laughed during the 2016 campaign after the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape came out and revealed Donald Trump saying he liked to grab women ‘by the p****.’
Still to come is the president’s former personal fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen’s book, Disloyal, which will hit shelves on September 8.
The New York Times reported that in the last four years, there have been more than 1,200 titles about Donald Trump, compared to around 500 books about President Barack Obama and his administration during his first term, according to an analysis by NPD BookScan.