Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said on Good Morning America on Monday that she wants to “warn people” about the possibility that former President Donald Trump could win another term in 2024, cautioning his administration will be worse if Trump “doesn’t have to worry about reelection anymore.”
Grisham, who also served as First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and press secretary, said she is “starting to believe” Trump will run for reelection in 2024, though she didn’t at first.
After seeing Trump and his allies push their false claims of election fraud, Grisham said she’s trying to “educate the public” about the Trump White House through her new tell-all on the administration, and wants to caution that if he were reelected, “he will be about revenge.”
The ex-aide suggested Trump would “probably have some pretty draconian policies” in a second term, recalling conversations she heard at the White House in which Trump advisors would say, “That’ll be the second term … meaning, we won’t have to worry about a reelection.”
Grisham, who served as press secretary from July 2019 to April 2020, said while she was “almost sometimes shielded from the toxic nature” of the Trump administration while working for the first lady, when she went to work in the West Wing, “I regretted that decision immediately” after she saw “what it was really like.”
Grisham said her only message for Trump if she were to see him now would be to “ask him not to run in 2024.”
The ex-press secretary said it was a “mistake” to work for Trump and expressed particular regret for how the administration handled the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, telling anchor George Stephanopoulos that “many” White House staffers “got heady with power” and “didn’t think about serving the country anymore.”
Both Melania and Donald Trump have criticized Grisham over the allegations she makes in her new tell-all, with the ex-president’s spokesperson Liz Harrington slamming the book to the Washington Post as a “pitiful attempt to cash in on the President’s strength and sell lies about the Trump family.” In a statement released Sunday, the former first lady said Grisham was “desperately trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump” and described her former chief of staff as a “deceitful and troubled individual who doesn’t deserve anyone’s trust.”
Grisham was among the White House aides who quit following the violent seizure of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 by a pro-Trump mob—she was serving as the first lady’s chief of staff at the time—and the ex-advisor also made history as the only White House press secretary who never gave a briefing.