Press Secretary Grisham: Trump Told Putin He Would Only ‘Act Tough’ for the Cameras

Throughout the single term presidency of Donald Trump, it was impossible not to notice his fawning affinity for authoritarian tyrants, and especially Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Trump expressed his admiration for Putin at the the Helsinki “Treason” Summit where Trump bowed down to the Russian dictator repeatedly. He told Putin that he envies his ability to “get rid of” the press. More recently, Trump said that he trusts Russia more than Biden and the U.S.

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

Next week a new book will be released that contains more evidence of Trump’s humiliating subjugation to Putin. The book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” by Trump’s former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, promises to cast a light into some of the darker corners of Trump’s White House. And one of the first excerpts released to the public references Trump’s hero and mentor, Vladimir Putin. Grisham writes that…

“With all the talk of sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 election and for various human rights abuses, Trump told Putin, ‘Okay, I’m going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it’s for the cameras, and after they leave we’ll talk. You understand?”

Trump was fond of portraying himself as a macho man, despite also bragging that he is the most fabulous whiner.” He frequently lied that no one was tougher on Russia than he was. But on everything from election meddling to the annexation of Crimea, Trump either adoringly defended Putin or was conspicuously silent.

Now we know that Trump’s pseudo-strongman facade was as fake as his skin tone. Even worse, it was a concession by Trump to our most aggressive adversary to pretend to be a tough guy in public while maintaining his servility in private. Grisham is revealing that Trump was, in effect, betraying the interests of the nation in order to gain Putin’s favor.

True to form, Trump has already lashed out at Grisham with his customary and infantile insults. And as usual, there is no apparent basis for his charges other than his rancid and personal animosity. Via his spokes-shill (and proxy tweeter in violation of Twitter’s ban), Liz Harrington, Trump said that…

“Stephanie 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. Too bad that sleaze bag publishers continue to report this very boring garbage. We and the MAGA movement are totally used to it. And someday in the not too distant future we will have our voice back and be treated fairly by the press.”

This is another case of Trump admitting that he was a terrible executive who staffed his White House with people he later said were idiots. In Grisham’s case Trump said that her ineptitude was “obvious from the beginning.” Which begs the question, why did he hire her to be his press aide during his campaign and then repeatedly promote her to be his special adviser for his transition team; then his deputy press secretary under Sean Spicer; then his White House press secretary and communications director; and finally Melania Trump’s chief of staff?

Trump’s tirade also maligned Grisham’s book as coming from a “radical left-leaning publisher.” That would be HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. They also publish books by such radical left wingers as Jared Kushner, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz.

Harrington added that Grisham’s book is “another pitiful attempt to cash in on the president’s strength and sell lies about the Trump family.” although she never cites anything that she asserts is untruthful. Harrington also leans on the common cliché that Grisham, who resigned on her own after the January 6th insurrection, is a “disgruntled employee.” Worst of all, Harrington claimed that Grisham was allegedly suicidal, which is a gross – and potentially illegal – violation of Grisham’s privacy.

Trump’s blatant disloyalty to the nation was evident throughout his occupation of the White House and his abhorrent, anti-democratic behavior afterwards. While Grisham is no angel herself – she defended Trump throughout his presidency and never held a single press briefing during her tenure as press secretary – that only makes her account more credible, because she can’t be dismissed as a never-Trumper. And the revelations in Grisham’s book will surely not be the last of the disclosures of Trump’s treachery in and out of office.

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