Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham believes Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ‘thought they were a shadow president and first lady’

US President Donald Trump (R), with his wife First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, stands in the inaugural parade standing in front of the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump has been sworn in as the country’s 45th president today. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  • Former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham appeared on CNN to discuss her new book.

  • She said working with Jared Kushner was “heavy” because he was never “challenged.”

  • She said Kushner and Ivanka Trump acted as if they were “a shadow president and first lady.”

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Former Donald Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a new… interview on CNN’s “New Day” that Jared Kushner could freely navigate the White House without being monitored or “challenged” for being Trump’s son-in-law.

“I believe he and Ivanka thought they were a shadow president and first lady,” she said.

Grisham appeared on the show Tuesday, where she discussed her book “I’ll Take Your Questions Now” and what it was like working with Kushner, whom she calls “Rasputin in a Slim Suit” in her book.

She said Kushner was meddling in matters that didn’t concern him and would “dive into these areas where I know he had absolutely no expertise and, you know, claim to save the day, and then he’d leave.”

She said he “got very stubborn with power,” would disappear with Ivanka Trump on vacation when conflicts arose, and probably didn’t leave the White House “the best version of himself.”

She also said she believed that both Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump were intelligent, but that Ivanka was likely “the mastermind” behind the shadow president.

Grisham served as press secretary for former President Trump for a total of nine months before returning to work for Melania Trump.

Trump responded to the book by referring to Grisham’s split with a former White House, which she said was offensive. CNN reported:.

“Stephanie didn’t have what it needed and it was clear from the start. She got very angry and bitter after her breakup and over time she was rarely trusted, or even thought of,” he said.

“Now, like everyone else, she is being paid by a far-left publisher to say bad and untrue things,” the former president added.

Donald J. Trump’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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