Grisham says it was 'mistake' to work for Trump

Former White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamBiden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy Grisham 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 MORE on Monday said it was a mistake to work for former President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE.

When asked during an interview with host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosHarris says 2024 is 'absolutely not' being discussed yet with Biden Harris says she doesn't feel underused in Biden administration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE on ABC’s “Good Morning America” if it was a mistake to work for the former president, Grisham, without hesitation, responded “yes.”

When pressed on why she decided to join Trump's team, Grisham — who served as press secretary for nine months before moving to a position in former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden to reveal theme for White House's annual holiday decor Monday RNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach Trump Tower bar selling presidential cocktail with side of Diet Coke, beef sliders MORE’s office — said she believed Trump had given a voice to people who were forgotten but that over time she and others in the White House “got heady with power.”


“We didn’t think about serving the country anymore, it was about surviving in there,” Grisham said, adding that Trump “loved the chaos.”

Grisham’s comments come one day before her new book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” is set to be released. For the past week, excerpts from the book published by a number of news organizations have showcased stunning revelations about key individuals in the White House, including the former president, the former first lady, Trump's daughter and former White House adviser Ivanka Trump and Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.


Grisham’s tenure as White House press secretary is notable for never having a formal press briefing, something she now says she regrets.

The former press secretary told Stephanopoulos that Trump told her upon taking the job that he did not think more briefings were needed, meaning her job would focus on behind-the-scenes communication with news organizations.

When pressed by Stephanopoulos on whether she enabled a culture of casual dishonesty in the White House by never holding a formal briefing, Grisham agreed.

She said she is starting to believe that Trump will wage another bid for the presidency in 2024, pointing to the fact that he is the GOP front-runner and that a number of Republicans have shown fealty to him.

She said, however, that she hopes her former boss does not run again. She said a second Trump term would be about revenge because he will not have to worry about reelection.


“He will probably have some pretty draconian policies that go on,” Grisham said. “There were conversations a lot of times that people would say, ‘That'll be the second term, that'll be the second term,’ meaning we won't have to worry about, you know, a reelection.”

Trump has not yet announced plans for a 2024 presidential campaign, but he has been publicly flirting with throwing his hat in the ring. In July, he told Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' Rittenhouse's mother asks for donations to legal fund MORE during an interview that he has made a decision on if he will run for president again in 2024 but did not reveal any plans.

Grisham, when asked what she would say to Trump if he were sitting at the interview table, said she would ask him not to run in 2024.

Trump, in a statement to The Hill last week, attacked Grisham after excerpts from her book were published, writing that she “didn’t have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning.”

“She became very angry and bitter after her break up and as time went on she was seldom relied upon, or even thought about. 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,” Trump added.

The Hill has reached out to Trump for comment on Grisham’s remarks to ABC.