Former aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book

A former top aide reportedly describes former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE as "the doomed French queen" in a new book set to be released next month. 

Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamGrisham thinks Trump will run in 2024 and have no 'guardrails' Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony CNN's Brianna Keilar, Admiral Giroir spar over Trump administration's COVID-19 response MORE, who served as former President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's press sectary and was a leading aide to the former first lady, writes that she now sees Melania as “the doomed French queen. Dismissive. Defeated. Detached," according to excerpts of her book obtained by Politico. 

Grisham reportedly writes that she texted Melania Trump during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by her husband's supporters and asked her: “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?”


"No," the former first lady replied, Grisham revealed in the book, in which she relays how Melania Trump shared her husband's view that the 2020 presidential election was not conducted legitimately and said that “something bad happened." 

Grisham resigned in the wake of the insurrection. 

Several days later, Melania Trump issued a statement saying she was "disappointed and disheartened" by the attack, Politico noted. 

"I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me — from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda," she said. "This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain." 

The former first lady's office dismissed Grisham's reported writings about her former boss in a statement to the news outlet. 

"The intent behind this book is obvious," the statement read. "It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs. Trump.” 

Grisham's book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House,” is slated to be released in early October.