Donald Trump Has Harsh Words For Tell-All Author Stephanie Grisham

Donald Trump has some harsh words for former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, following leaks from her upcoming tell-all book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now." 

According to CNN, excerpts of the book leaked on Tuesday, September 28, and included Grisham's claims of the former president's "terrifying" temper. "When I began to see how his temper wasn't just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing," she wrote.

Elsewhere in the book, Grisham, who first began working with Donald Trump back in 2015, also touched upon the fallout of the former president's alleged affairs with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, as well as his relationship with Vladimir Putin. In her book, Grisham  says Trump apparently acted "tougher" toward the Russian president in front of the cameras. "Okay, I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras, and after they leave, we'll talk. You understand," Grisham claims Trump said to Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan (via CNN). 

Unsurprisingly, the book's release has rubbed Trump the wrong way, and he has since claimed that Grisham is being paid by a "radical left-leaning publisher."

What did Donald Trump say about the book?

According to the Daily Mail, former President Trump issued a strongly-worded statement in response to the book, part of which read, "Stephanie didn't have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning. She became very angry and bitter after her breakup and as time went on she was seldom relied upon, or even thought about." The statement continued, "She had big problems and we felt that she should work out those problems for herself. Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by a radical left-leaning publisher to say bad and untrue things"

In a statement released to The Washington Post, the office of Melania Trump also commented on the release of "I'll Take Your Questions Now," accusing Grisham of attempting to "gain relevance."

"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," the statement read. "Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump."

Per CNN, Grisham worked in the Trump administration as White House press secretary before moving on to the role of chief of staff for Melanie Trump. In the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, she decided to quit her job and began work on her tell-all memoir.