Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Monday said that former President Donald Trump “will be about revenge” if he launches a successful bid for the White House in 2024 and reclaims his old job.
During an exclusive interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos in advance of her forthcoming memoir, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” Grisham said that the former president will be intent on enacting hardline policies if he retakes the Oval Office.
“He’s on his revenge tour for people who dared to vote for impeachment,” she said. “I want to just warn people that once he takes office, if he were to win, he doesn’t have to worry about reelection anymore. He will be about revenge.”
“He will probably have some pretty draconian policies that go on,” Grisham added. “There were conversations a lot of times that people would say, ‘That’ll be the second term.’ Meaning, we won’t have to worry about a reelection.”
When asked by Stephanopoulos if she thinks that Trump will actually run, Grisham said she was increasingly starting to get the feeling that he would throw his hat into the ring.
“I didn’t at first, but I’m starting to believe he will,” she said. “He’s clearly the frontrunner in the Republican Party. Everybody’s showing their fealty to him.”
EXCLUSIVE: When asked by @GStephanopoulos if President Trump ordered her not to hold any press briefings when she was White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham says "yes": “He said he didn't think we needed any more briefings.” https://t.co/o3FCyKjxtw pic.twitter.com/SWZ2wybNC9
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 4, 2021
In excerpts from the memoir that have been already been released, Grisham described the atmosphere of the White House under Trump in unflattering terms, deriding it as “a hot mess.”
“I can give you endless metaphors to describe the Trump White House from a press person’s perspective — living in a house that was always on fire or in an insane asylum where you couldn’t tell the difference between the patients and the attendants or on a roller coaster that never stopped — but trust me, it was a hot mess 24/7,” she wrote. “How people did the job without going crazy was a question in itself.”