The details around the press of President Donald Trump's affair with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal left former first lady Melania Trump with a range of emotions, former aide Stephanie Grisham revealed in her new book.
In I'll Take Your Questions Now, Grisham revealed that Mrs. Trump stayed largely quiet, but it was clear that accusations of the Trumps relationship being a transactional one were wrong.
She recalled Michael Cohen telling Mrs. Trump at the time that he knew that it wasn't true, but wanted to protect Trump from a scandal before his election. Cohen, who later apologized publicly to Mrs. Trump for his role, convinced her for a brief while that it never happened.
"It was interesting for me to watch Mrs. Trump's evolution at that time," wrote Grisham. "She went from staying completely silent to acting as if maybe she didn't believe any of it to finally telling me that despite all the denials by the president, she had a feeling all of it was true. And she would say about Cohen's version of events at that time, 'Oh, please, are you kidding me? I don't believe any of that bullsh*t,' and it made me love her more and more."
Grisham confessed that she could be wrong, but that it appeared to her that Mrs. Trump was angrier about being humiliated in the press than the news about Daniels. That all changed with the McDougal affair.
"After that, she finally seemed to be genuinely angry with her husband and no longer hid it," wrote Grisham. She recalled being at Mar-a-Lago when McDougal appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper. The couple was eating on the patio when Mrs. Trump texted Grisham, asking how the interview went.
"She seemed like a nice person, remorseful, and will get far more sympathy than Daniels," Grisham replied. Mrs. Trump came back with an eye-roll emoji.
"Not that she asked for or needed it, but I was more protective of her in that period of time than I had ever been before or would be after," the book continued. "Though she always told me, 'This is his problem, he created it,' I suspected on a very basic human level that it had to hurt, had to be embarrassing, and she must have been worried about what their son was seeing. Or maybe I was projecting, I don't know."
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