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Stephanie Grisham kept some of her harshest critiques in her upcoming memoir for Jared Kushner.
Kushner considered herself the ‘real’ chief of staff to the president,” Grisham wrote in her memoir.
Grisham said much of what Kushner did in the White House was “completely irresponsible and against protocol.”
Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary and communications director, preserved some of her harshest criticisms in her forthcoming memoir for Jared Kushner, the top White House official and presidential son-in-law.
Grisham wrote in her all-rounder, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” that Kushner considered himself the “real” chief of staff to the president and wielded nearly unparalleled authority within the White House, even “shooting all the shots” in a pivotal meeting with Vice President Mike Pence on the government’s early measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Grisham wrote that she felt “embarrassed and disgusted” when Kushner “ordered” the meeting with Pence and other senior White House staff.
She said she was privately “outraged” that Kushner hastily dictated to the president national address on March 11 in which Trump announced he would ban travel from Europe and health insurers waive co-pays on COVID-19 treatment, among other key announcements.
“The more I thought about it, the more furious I became about Jared’s behavior,” she wrote, according to an excerpt from her book. published by Politico on Friday. “He wasn’t an expert on all those things – the closing of borders, the economic consequences, the health consequences – but he seemed to decide only the country’s first actions to deal with one of the most devastating crises in our history.” to deal with.”
She described a case where Kushner allegedly helped convince Trump to go ahead with a planned… trip to india and dictated security measures on the ground in late February 2020, despite concerns about the pandemic.
“It felt completely irresponsible and against protocol, which is the epitome of Jared Kushner in the Trump White House,” she wrote.
Former First Lady Melania Trump reportedly agreed that both Kushner and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, had undeserved power in the White House. Melania, Grisham and other assistants to the first lady privately mock the two as “trainees.”
“When I was working for the first lady in the East Wing, we’d all come to call Jared and Ivanka ‘the interns,’ because in our minds they called annoying, know-it-all,” Grisham wrote. “Mrs. Trump thought that nickname was funny and occasionally used it herself.”
Grisham went on to write that Kushner’s “arrogance and presumption” grew during his time in the White House, where he “threw his power around without any shame.”
“I would venture to say that being in the White House has changed Jared as a person,” she wrote. “He was Rasputin in a tight-fitting suit.”
Both the former first lady and the president have personally condemned Grisham in recent weeks, suggesting Grisham’s split from former White House official Max Miller last year sparked her criticism of the Trump White House.
“Stephanie didn’t have what it needed and that was clear from the start,” Trump told The New York Times in a statement. “She had big problems and we felt she should solve those problems herself.”
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