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Former Trump Press Sec: Trump Admired Putin’s Willingness to Eliminate ‘Whoever’ He Wanted

That sounds about right.

Stephanie Grisham, Donald Trump’s former press secretary, has already released a tell-all book since her departure from the White House. Now she’s been appearing in TV segments talking about her former boss, and she’s got plenty to say.

On a Tuesday appearance on ABC’s The View, Grisham spoke up about Trump’s relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin:

I think he feared him. I think the man intimidated him. I also think he admired him greatly. I think he wanted to be able to k*ll whoever spoke out against him.

That rings true, considering Trump’s constant references to Article II of the US Constitution, which he erroneously believed gave him the authority to do whatever he wanted as president.

Speaking specifically about the current conflict in Ukraine, Grisham told the hosts:

He loved the people who could k*ll anyone, including the press. Donald Trump would be 54 feet below ground hiding [if his country was invaded]. And Volodymyr Zelensky is out there fighting for his country.

When Grisham’s book was published, Trump had plenty to say himself, echoing the same tone he’s used every time someone who was previously in his inner circle has turned on him. Calling Grisham “very angry and bitter,” Trump said that:

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.

It sure seems like a lot of those “bad and untrue things” are similar from defector to defector within the Trump administration.

Trump’s anger at his former press secretary could have something to do with specific content in her book, including a passage in which she told readers,

The president frequently said insane things to foreign leaders. Sometimes they were just silly or offensive, sometimes they were offhand remarks that would inadvertently upend the carefully crafted policies of our diplomatic and national security professionals, [and] sometimes they were sheer bluster.

Yep, that sounds like the Trump we know.


Andrew Simpson
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