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Former First Lady Melania Trump has not been seen much in public nor has she offered many public statements, but she came out swinging on Monday over a new ‘tell-all’ book from her former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham.
The book, which is about her time with the Trumps, supposedly contains some “surprising new scandals,” but the first lady swatted it down.
“The intent behind this book is obvious. It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House,” her office said in a statement.
According to Politico, the first lady’s mention of her former press secretary’s “failed personal relationships” is likely in reference to Grisham’s “past relationship with former Trump aide Max Miller.”
“Citing three people familiar with the incident, Politico Magazine reported in July that the relationship ‘ended when he pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face in his Washington apartment after she accused him of cheating on her,’” Politico added. “He denied the allegation.”
“Mr. Miller has never, ever assaulted Ms. Grisham in any way whatsoever,” Miller’s attorney, Larry Zukerman of Cleveland, noted in a nine-page letter, Politico added.
“Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump,” the former First Lady’s office noted further.
As the Daily Wire reported:
Grisham served as press secretary and chief of staff for Melania after serving as White House press secretary and communications director for the president. Notably, Grisham never gave a briefing to the media as press secretary for POTUS.
The “top-secret” memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” will be published on October 5 by Harper Collins.
A publishing source told Axios that Grisham will reveal “surprising new scandals.”
“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,” one former colleague told Axios.
“There isn’t enough water on earth to contain the fire she could set to all of Trump world, including parts like the first lady’s orbit, which not many people are in a position to illuminate,” the source continued. “It’s hard to articulate how much anxiety this is going to cause.”
“Grisham knows where all the bodies are buried because she buried a lot of them herself,” noted another source from the publishing world, according to Axios. Grisham “has receipts … she was a press person and it was her job to make sure she knew what was happening.”
Axios went on to report that Melania Trump “guarded her privacy intensely and trusted almost nobody during her time as the first lady. Grisham, as her chief of staff, was one of the very few allowed into her inner sanctum.”
In addition, Grisham reportedly also spent time with the Trumps in their private White House residence.
Politico suggested in another report that following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building, the then-first lady did not want to respond to the incident, though she eventually did.
“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week,” the first lady’s statement said. “I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”
“Our Nation must heal in a civil manner,” Melania Trump added. “Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.”