In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stefanopoulos, Stephanie Grisham, one of former President Donald Trump’s most senior and longest-serving advisers, said she regrets enabling a culture of dishonesty in the White House.
“You’re talking about this cultural culture of honest dishonesty in the White House, so you were the press secretary, even if you didn’t get the briefing, that culture was enabling, wasn’t it?” Stefanopoulos asked Grisham on Good Morning America on Monday morning.
Grisham, whose new book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” published this week, responded, “Yes, I was. A lot of people push the wrong election story. I want to educate the public about what to do in the White House now, because That it will try to run in 2024. “
Stefanopoulos challenged Grasham, who had served in the Trump White House for almost a full four years. Before resigning after the January 6 uprising in Capitol, “But you stayed for the last two weeks … why did it take you so long?”
“Yes, that’s a fair question, and it’s a complex question,” Grisham replied, adding that she was first attracted to Trump’s ability to attract large crowds and his support among Republicans. But she said that when she joined the West Wing, she “started to see what it really was and I immediately regretted that decision.”
The former president has forcibly responded to a recent book by a former close aide, Melania Trump’s office said in a statement, “By distorting and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump, the authors are trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation.
Grisham, who also told Stefanopoulos that the former president had told her Do not keep briefing During her role, she said she could have done more to protect a young female employee than she writes in her new book in which Trump developed “unusual interest” and gave “inappropriate treatment” about it.
“Did you have to do anything else to protect her?” Stephanopoulos pressed.
Grisham replied, “I don’t know if there is an HR department in the White House,” Stefanopoulos pushed back, suggesting that she bring the issue to the White House Chief of Staff.
“I didn’t feel comfortable talking to Mark Meadows,” Grisham replied. “I don’t believe he would have done anything. So I did my best to never let her be alone in the cabin. I tried to keep her away from trips as often as I could. I think I did, in that environment I could.”
Another major theme in the book is the fascination of former presidents with global dictators. Grisham recalls that the former president tried to relax with Vladimir Putin of Russia during his foreign tour for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in 2019.
“How do you explain why the president was so pleased with President Putin?” Stefanopoulos asked. Grisham said, in her opinion, “I thought he wanted to impress the dictators, I think he almost appreciated how harsh they were.”
Other top aides resigned or were forced out, while some spoke out against Trump even while he was in office, Grisham sided with the president through several controversies throughout the Trump administration’s four-year tenure आणि and when asked if Stephenopoulos made the mistake of working for President Trump on Monday. If so, she quickly replied, “Yes.”
“Why?” Stefanopoulos asked.
“I believe he gave voice to a lot of people who felt forgotten,” Grisham said. “But I think a lot of us, myself, entered that White House, and got heavy with power and … we didn’t think about serving the country anymore, it was about survival.”