Our great first lady, Melania Trump, received terrible support: Devine

One of the great mysteries of the Trump era was that the first lady missed the opportunity to stamp her stamp on the White House.

With her stylish appearance, clear manners, and unique migrant life story, Melania Trump should have been a much more popular tool for the administration.

Yet, unfortunately, it was misunderstood and misrepresented.

The extent of the vacuum of the last four years is that, despite its impeccable sense of fashion, unlike its predecessors, it has never appeared on the cover of a magazine.

All of this is not an accident, according to administrative loyalists who are now speaking out to protect the first lady, who they think was too confident in her immediate staff.

Nor is Melania’s reluctance to help her husband or serve the American people.

No, the picture that emerges from conversations with insiders who have worked at the White House for the past four years is that the first lady was poorly served by the employee she was most trusted with, Stephanie Grisham.

The 44-year-old, twice-divorced single mother was the first lady’s chief of staff and press secretary, formerly the White House press secretary and communications director.

For all titles, she was the least visible and most militant representative of the first lady in living memory.

Grisham rarely answers journalists ’questions, interviews, or photos, except for a few favorites like Kate Bennett from CNN and Maggie Haberman from the New York Times, who paradoxically wrote the most corrosive stories about the first family.

Grisham managed to isolate Melania Trump from friends, co-workers, and the media, and with her strange militant approach, alienated potential allies and created drama for the president.

He was involved in the alienation of National Security Adviser John Bolton when, according to Bennett’s book “Free Melania,” he quarreled with Bolton’s deputy, Mira Ricardel, over a flight on the first lady’s first trip to Africa.

Grisham subsequently issued a rash statement calling for Ricardel’s dismissal, which angered Bolton and frustrated the president, according to Mary Jordan’s book, “The Art of Your Business: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.” In Bolton’s later narrative, The Room Where It Happened, with harmful consequences, he identifies this moment as a catalyst for his dissatisfaction with Trump.

Grisham was also eliminated from the first lady’s former best friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote in great detail in her own all-encompassing book, “The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” about Grisham’s toxic power games. Wolkoff wrote that Grisham was seeking to alienate her from the first lady’s afflictions, calling himself Melania’s chief confidant.

The last straw and the catalyst for this story was an incident at a White House election night party attended by Grisham and 200 guests, followed by two witnesses saying he left his phone and White House badge unattended.

As a result, at least two complaints were filed about his conduct, and a week and a half ago the Office of Public Administration launched a formal investigation. The lawyers interviewed half a dozen staff, including secret service agents, and recommended further action based on knowledge of the case.

Grisham, who has allegedly been arrested for two drunk driving, denies leaving his work phone anywhere that night.

– My badge is [White House] before, he says.

Then there was a media leak that no one seemed able to control. One of the most damaging this year was that President Melania and his sons, Barron, were transported to a safe underground bunker under the east wing by intelligence agents who were concerned about the safety of the family during the Black Lives Material riots in front of the White House. May.

The story was published by Grisham’s favorite Haberman in the New York Times.

According to a senior White House official, only three staff members – Grisham, Trump’s loyal director, social media director Dan Scavino, and Trump’s bodybuilder Nick Luna, knew about the case.

Grisham, who has returned to Melania’s office after Chief of Staff Trump Mark Meadows transferred him from the White House press office in April, receives warnings about the first lady’s movements.

In addition, it is rarely seen in the White House, as it has entered the east wing less than 30 times since taking office in April. Four insiders say Grisham has moved to Kansas and has not attended any senior staff meetings in the past seven months.

“He’s completely logged out,” one says.

Grisham denies moving out of Washington. However, one source confirmed that he “spent some time in Kansas” for family reasons.

He agrees that he was “much less” in the office, but that’s because “the east wing has done telecommuting for the past seven months largely because of COVID”.

Other staff point out that indispensable employees, including the chief of staff, did work in the White House, and that the first lady asked where Grisham was at the time of Turkey’s grace last week.

During his eight months as White House press secretary, Grisham has never held a press conference since July 2019, so the president has taken on the burden of answering questions from the frustrated White House press board to his detriment.

White House staff also blame Grisham for his disastrous Bob Woodward’s book “Rage,” as he was the press secretary in charge at the trial of the case. He did not control his access to President Woodward, including the usual conditions for recording interviews.

“He was a press secretary who never spoke to the press,” says a former colleague. “He did the job, but he didn’t serve the press very much … and the president was extremely vulnerable.”

Then there were the lost opportunities to burn the Trump family brand.

He has avoided countless offers from positive interviews in American interviews such as Women’s Wear Daily and The Post, Grisham allowed British magazine Tatler to hold the campaign’s only exclusive interview for his November issue. And yet he did not discuss the cover of the magazine.

Instead, Meghan Markle took the honor.

There were other awkward moods during the campaign. Perhaps most horrific was when the president and the first lady showed a positive coronavirus in October. On his last day at the hospital, the president left the Walter Reed Medical Center to allow fans of the past to drive a car and criticized him for endangering his intelligence agents.

However, Melania’s spokeswoman told Grisham’s favorite, Bennett, CNN and NBC White House correspondent Peter Alexander that the first lady was not going to visit her husband at the hospital because “she is aware of the dangers of COVID-19. ″, And he didn’t want to “expose the agents who drive him there.”

All those who have spoken to me about this column say they are motivated by the intention to save the first lady from keeping Grisham in her post-White House life or to help Melania write the memoirs.