The White House was filled with gossip and envy after Donald Trump’s favorite adviser Hope Hicks begged him to leave a cushy, $2m corporate gig to “save” the administration amid the Covid pandemic.
In a new excerpt from an upcoming book by Stephanie Grisham, I’ll take your questions now, writes the former press secretary, that she was “irritated” that Ms Hicks returned to the White House two years ago after “taking the easy way out”.
A Trump-whisperer, Ms. Hicks was considered one of the former president’s most trusted advisers when she left her administration for a job with Fox Corporation.
Ms. Hicks returned to the White House in February 2020, as the COVID pandemic began to spin the news cycle.
“She was off to a sabbatical at Fox, where she had a great title and is reportedly worth close to $2 million. I can’t pretend her presence didn’t bother me,” published Ms. Grisham written in one piece politician.
Preview copies of the new book have been delivered to media outlets, including Washington Post And the new York Times, before its release on October 5.
“In my eyes and in the eyes of others who had stopped to deal with the insanity, Hope had taken the easy route,” Ms Grisham wrote.
“We would all love to have a cushioned job somewhere else for two years so we can beg the administration to come back to the White House to ‘save’ us.”
Ms Hicks was Mr Trump’s director of communications before leaving the White House in 2018 and reported on his return to Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Ms. Hicks and Mr. Kushner, along with Ivanka Trump, were particularly irritable to Ms. Grisham during their time in the White House.
After Ms. Hicks returned, Ms. Grisham was replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, who had not briefed the media even once in her nine months as spokesperson for the president.
She returned to the East Wing to serve as Chief of Staff and spokesperson for Melania Trump.
“When I worked for the first lady in the East Wing, we all came to call Jared and Ivanka ‘interns’ because they knew the obnoxious, all in our minds,” wrote Ms Grisham.
Ms Grisham blames the trio for Mr Trump’s last-minute Oval Office address to the nation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020.
“One of my other biggest personal regrets is that I didn’t have the courage to speak out against Jared, Ivanka and Hope, about the potential dangers of addressing the nation without a COVID response strategy,” he wrote. Wrote.
In several statements, Mr Trump said Grisham’s “untrue” claims were the result of a disgruntled employee who “didn’t have what he had” after the break-up, an apparent reference to his split with another White House official, Max. was in Miller.
“After her break up she became very angry and bitter and as time went on, she was rarely trusted, or even thought about. He had big problems and we felt that he should solve those problems for himself,” Trump said.
“Now, like everyone else, he is paid by a radical leftist publisher to say bad and untrue things.”
Her spokeswoman Liz Harrington said that “recently published photos raise serious questions about her conduct and judgement”.
“Publishers should be ashamed of themselves for hunting down desperate people who see short-term gains in writing a book full of lies,” said Ms Harrington.
“The short gist of his book is — if you can make it through teen gossip — that flies in the face of reality and has no serious validation.”
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