There is nothing like the week before a new tell-all book is released by a former Trump administration member for the release of juicy, salacious stories leaked to the media to help generate interest in the publication and boost its sales.
With the upcoming publication of I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House — the new book from former White House press secretary and chief of staff for then-first lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham — an avalanche of newly revealed stories from inside the inner sanctum of the Trump administration is upon us.
One of the best morsels dangled in front of prospective book purchasers by Grisham’s publisher is the story of how Melania would take revenge on her husband when he angered her.
Given how furious the former first lady was when she discovered the truth about her husband’s affairs during their marriage, including the infamous liaisons with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, it’s clear that this was not an infrequent occurrence.
“After the Stormy Daniels story broke and all the allegations that followed from other women,” Grisham writes in her memoir. “I felt that Mrs. Trump was basically unleashed.”
Melania was reportedly sometimes subtle in her acts of defiance against her husband, sending veiled messages to her errant husband through social media posts and photographs that pointedly omitted any signs of Donald Trump’s presence.
The most effective manner that the former first lady utilized to extract a measure of payback from her husband was her habit of taking the arm of a “handsome military aide” as her escort in order to make Trump jealous, according to an account of Grisham’s book in today’s New York Times.
In a rare moment of honesty and openness towards her chief of staff, Melania, who was publicly standing by her husband when the initial revelations about his infidelity became known, confided in Grisham that she didn’t accept a word of the excuses that Trump and his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen were trying to pass off as the truth at the time.
“Oh, please, are you kidding me?” she responds at one point. “I don’t believe any of that,” the former first lady admits, in an expletive-removed quote.
While Donald Trump may have seen Melania’s acts of defiance as minor annoyances at the time when they were known only to the small White House inner circle, now that the stories of her anger are public, Trump has been doing his best to attack the messenger who revealed them to the world.
His spokesperson Liz Harrington posted an angry statement from the former president attacking Grisham and attempting to undermine her credibility this morning as if anyone who wasn’t already a dedicated member of his cult would believe a word the habitual liar would have to say.
I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House by Stephanie Grisham will be available at all fine independent bookshops for your perusal beginning on October 5th.
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