Appearing for an interview on CNN Tuesday, former press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, former President Trump’s son-in-law and daughter, saw themselves as a “shadow president and first lady.”
Grisham, who served as press secretary for nine months before moving to first lady Melania Trump’s office, also said that Ivanka Trump and Kushner thought they were the royal family, pointing to the state dinner with the queen when the pair thought they should be part of all activities the president and first lady were taking part in, something she thought was “really inappropriate.”
Grisham, in the book, recalls one scene from her time at the White House when Ivanka Trump and Kushner were blocked from attending a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II.
“Kushner got really heady with power and would insert himself into initiatives that he was not qualified to take part in,” Grisham said.
“He would dive into these areas where I know he had absolutely no expertise. And, you know, claim to save the day and then he would leave. And, you know, there was a running joke in the White House that when things were getting really tough they suddenly disappeared on vacations,” Grisham said.
“He was tough to deal with and I think he got really heady with power. I do not think he left there the best version of himself,” she added.
“They were always right there and it was really inappropriate. And that would make Mrs. Trump upset because she is a big rule follower in terms of protocol and whatnot, and it was just really inappropriate,” Grisham said.
“So we in the East Wing would do what we could to stop it or mitigate it,” she added, “but at the end of the day, it’s his daughter and son-in-law, and nobody could work around them.”
Grisham’s new comments about Ivanka Trump and Kushner — whom she said she dubbed “the interns” during her time at the White House — came on the morning that her book was released. News outlets that obtained early copies have already reported on a number of stunning and scathing revelations from her four years serving in the Trump administration.
Jared Kushner "would dive into these areas where I know he had absolutely no expertise and … claim to save the day, and then he would leave," ex-Trump Press Sec. Stephanie Grisham says. "I believe that he and Ivanka kind of thought they were a shadow president and first lady." pic.twitter.com/0cGX68JxTg
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