Melania Trump’s former chief of staff Stephanie Grisham is seen in a shocking live photo with her legs up in air on the floor of the White House on election night 2020.
‘The photo of Stephanie on the floor was taken as we knew she’d spin a false narrative about that night when she left,’ a source in attendance claims.
And in her new tell-all Grisham claims that former first lady slept through most of the night and had to be woken up.
‘I knocked a few times, quietly at first but louder at each attempt,’ Grisham writes in an excerpt from her upcoming memoir, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw In The White House.
‘I finally opened the bedroom door only to find that Melania Trump was sound asleep.’
DailyMail.com exclusively obtained the live photo showing Grisham laying on the ground with her legs up in the air on that same night.
A source who was at the election party tells DailyMail.com that the picture was taken to show how embarrassing her antics were because they anticipated Grisham would tell her own story about the events of the night.
DailyMail.com has obtained a live photo of Stephanie Grisham lying on the floor of the White House during the 2020 presidential election
Grisham, who served as Melania Trump’s chief of staff and White House press secretary, has claimed in her new book that the former first lady slept through most of the night and had to be woken up. A source who shared the live photo said the picture was taken as ‘proof’ of Grisham’s antics
Grisham (pictured at the White House in July 2019) will publish an explosive tell-all memoir next month
‘The photo of Stephanie on the floor was taken as we knew she’d spin a false narrative about the first family when she left, so here is the unvarnished version of what we dealt with when it came to her,’ the insider claimed.
‘The most laughable part in her book is she says she woke Melania up to come down to the election festivities, but this is just a lie,’ they added.
‘You think Melania just jumps out of bed looking like this? There is a whole process to making Melania look like Melania. Look at Stephanie – do you think she is part of that process?’
Grisham has already dropped a number of bombshells about Melania Trump in her forthcoming book, ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in The Trump White House,’ to be published on October 5 by Harper Collins
‘It’s amazing she has these memories of election night as we’re more familiar with her rolling around the floor of the White House,’ said the source.
The White House insider said was the talk of both the West and East Wing as it was so embarrassing not just for POTUS and his team but for her.
‘It went on for a while until someone took out a phone and snapped this live shot as we knew she’d deny it happening later on.
‘This was not the behavior of someone who has held such senior roles for both the President and First Lady.
‘Its outrageous to think she wants to spill secrets now when so many of the people who worked with her know exactly what she’d get up to in the presence of her colleagues.’
In her memoir out next month, Grisham writes, ‘Maybe [Melania] thought that someone would wake her up if Trump won.’
Grisham acknowledged Melania valued her sleep and gave her the benefit of the doubt.
‘But still, I couldn’t imagine being asleep at a time like that,’ she wrote.
She goes on to claim that Melania woke up just in time to join her husband’s infamous 2.30am press conference where he claimed ‘victory’ over Joe Biden.
GRISHAM ADDRESSES PHOTO IN HER UPCOMING BOOK
After they left the stage, some of my East Wing colleagues and I went back to our offices. It was 3:00 a.m. at that point, and I had been up for almost twenty-four hours.
My feet hurt, and we were all exhausted. Some of us lay on the floor in my deputy’s office and joked that we should just sleep there and wake up to find out who our president was. One of my junior staffers, a person I had always advocated for and trusted, took a photo of me lying on the floor that night without my knowledge.
It was then sent to people in the West Wing advance office, and it made the rounds of several people, including my ex. A week later, I started getting inquiries—and warnings—from reporters that people were saying that an internal investigation was being done because I had been “visibly drunk” on election night and had passed out in a public area.
The stories became more outlandish with every reporter I talked to. One version had me passed out in the Blue Room, another in the East Room. One version had me passed out in my office, and one even had me passed out in Mrs. Trump’s bed!
Fortunately, I managed to speak with every reporter who approached me, and none of them wrote a story because once I explained the facts, it was obvious that the information was another smear job from the Trump White House.
The allegations that were lobbed against me snowballed in their severity and included that I had a drinking problem, mental health issues, and problems with addiction, that I was going to lose my security clearance, and that I was suicidal over the breakup.
I lined up people who had spent time with me on election night and would attest that I hadn’t been drunk. They included a White House physician, an attorney in the counsel’s office, Emma Doyle, Rickie Niceta, my personal doctor, an Air Force One flight attendant, another East Wing senior adviser, and Mrs. Trump herself, since I had been with her most of the night.
Nothing ever came of the investigation, and I remain grateful to the reporters who were sent a copy of the picture but never used it or wrote any stories. If I were a betting girl, though, I’d lay money that the photo will magically surface after this book is released.
I did call out the staffer who took the photo, too. I could not understand how that person could sleep at night, knowing they had done something like that to someone who had been a mentor and a friend. The person never responded, and we’ve never spoken again.
Source: I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw In The White House; pages 319-321.
In her book, Grisham claims she knocked on Melania Trump’s bedroom door multiple times on election night and found her sleeping. The first lady woke up in time to join her husband on stage at 2.30am to claim ‘victory’, Grisham writes. Pictured: Vice President Mike Pence and The Trumps on election night 2020
Grisham was seen as Melania’s enforcer and protector and was one of the few people who saw the former First Lady and Trump in their private residence
Grisham, 45, is the only person to have served as a top aide to not just Melania but also to Trump, where she was White House press secretary and communications director
‘If you’re going to be the White House Press Secretary at the election night party you need to be more buttoned up,’ they added.
When DailyMail.com contacted Grisham’s reps for comment, a spokesman shared an excerpt of the book in which the former White House staffer admits one of her ‘junior staffers’ ‘took a photo of me lying on the floor that night without my knowledge.’
Grisham kept a fairly low profile in the Trump White House, despite serving in the highly public position of White House press secretary.
She was famous – and criticized – for never holding a press briefing.
She was also very close to Melania Trump. The two women would text often and Melania Trump brought Grisham back to the East Wing, keeping her in the Trump White House, after Mark Meadows had her pushed out as press secretary when he became chief of staff.
Grisham quit the White House in protest after the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win.