Former First Lady Melania Trump has fired back at her ex-chief of staff Stephanie Grisham for pushing a “false narrative” about the events that transpired on January 6, 2021.
Speaking during a new interview with Fox News, Melania blasted Grisham’s “betrayal” for trying to “resuscitate her ruined career and reputation” by making salacious claims to the media.
Mrs. Trump revealed the background of the story during her interview:
“On January 6, 2021, I was fulfilling one of my duties as First Lady of the United States of America, and accordingly, I was unaware of what was simultaneously transpiring at the U.S. Capitol Building.
“As with all First Ladies who preceded me, it was my obligation to record the contents of the White House’s historic rooms, including taking archival photographs of all the renovations.
“Several months in advance, I organized a qualified team of photographers, archivists, and designers to work with me in the White House to ensure perfect execution.
“As required, we scheduled January 6, 2021, to complete the work on behalf of our nation.
“I always have been very supportive of my former Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham,” Melania continued.
“I stood behind Ms. Grisham after her failed stint as White House Press Secretary and welcomed her back to the East Wing.
“Ms. Grisham was not in the White House on January 6, and her behavior in her role as Chief of Staff ultimately amounts to dereliction of duty…traditionally, the First Lady’s Chief of Staff provides detailed briefings surrounding our Nation’s important issues.
“In fact, Ms. Grisham failed to provide insight and information into the events surrounding January 6 as she had abandoned her post in Washington, D.C.
“Shamefully, this behavior has only partially become public knowledge; yet was consistent for Ms. Grisham.
“It is evident that Grisham’s recent betrayals are a last-ditch attempt to resuscitate her ruined career and reputation.
“I always condemn violence,” Melania asserted.
“Had I been fully informed of all the details, naturally, I would have immediately denounced the violence that occurred at the Capitol Building.
“And while Ms. Grisham’s behavior is disappointing, it is not surprising or an isolated incident.
“This is not the first time a former staffer has tried to maintain relevancy and profit by using my name to create a false narrative.”
According to Fox News:
“Grisham, last month, tweeted out a screenshot of a text message conversation she allegedly had with the former first lady on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?” Grisham purportedly texted Trump.
“No,” Trump purportedly replied.
“Knowing her as well as I did at that point, it was so unlike her to not have condemned it, that that was the moment it all kind of broke me,” Grisham said in an interview last month with CNN.
“Yesterday, hearing Cassidy’s testimony, I felt compelled to show that text because it was a lot of context I thought, and again, knowing Melania like I did, I was so disappointed and discouraged and sickened that she wouldn’t stand up and just say simply, ‘There should be no violence.’”
— Stephanie Grisham (@OMGrisham) June 28, 2022
“I stood behind Ms. Grisham after her failed stint as White House Press Secretary and welcomed her back to the East Wing.”https://t.co/6vjwoMMKG8
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) July 21, 2022