Grisham says her 'enabling' cost lives during pandemic

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 says she believes her “enabling” of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE cost lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grisham made the comments on Tuesday during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” where she was promoting her new book, “I'll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House.”

Co-host Brianna Keilar directly asked Grisham if she felt her “enabling” of the president cost lives. 


“I do,” Grisham said.

“I think the way we handled COVID was tragic,” she continued. “I think that the president's vanity got in the way. He was working for his base. He was not working for this country. He, you know, he didn't wear a mask quickly enough.”


Grisham also praised former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's message on the 'omicron' variant Jill Biden unveils traditional White House holiday décor MORE, for whom she served as chief of staff before she resigned after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, for doing public service announcements during the pandemic and wearing masks.

“As naive as this is, I kept hoping she would convince her husband, you know, ‘please get out there, Donald, get out there,’ ” Grisham said. “But yes, again. I was part of that, and I don't think I'll ever forgive myself with respect to COVID. I don't think I can ever redeem myself.”

Grisham’s book was officially released on Tuesday.

Excerpts of the book that have been reported over the past few weeks have given insights into the former president and first lady, as well as the former president's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Meadows comes under growing Jan. 6 panel spotlight Tucker Carlson rips Graham over report he told officers to shoot Jan. 6 rioters MORE and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report Watchdog finds no money has flowed out of agency tasked by Trump admin to fight pandemic MORE, both of whom served as senior White House advisers.

During the CNN interview, Grisham explained that she was “blocked off” from the West Wing while working for Melania Trump, so she didn’t see a lot of the “toxic culture” or decisions being made.

Grisham added that she was able to rely more on Melania Trump when she took the job as press secretary because she was still working for the first lady.

“That was dumb, too," Grisham said. “But I really believed in them at first, and I thought I had a friendship with her, and I stayed too long. And there's just nothing else I can do or say about that.”