Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump's phone rang in September, he was not eager for a lengthy conversation. "The President was really in a bad mood," recounted the man on the line, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who was hoping to learn whether the President was, in fact, withholding security assistance to coerce Ukraine into investigating political rivals. "I wouldn't say he hung up me," Sondland recalled, "but it was almost like he hung up on me." The absence of phone etiquette is hardly a surprise for a President not known for his manners. But like a pair of new books written by administration insiders, the episode recounted by Sondland during his daylong private deposition before lawmakers helps color the portrait of a mercurial and loyalty-minded President whose actions frequently toss his administration into chaos. Read: The most important documents related to the Trump impeachment inquiry The picture that emerges from thousands of pages of … [Read more...] about New accounts depict White House struggling to contain damage from Trump chaos
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White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamGiuliani associate says he sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate Bidens Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Dems shouldn't hold public hearings MORE on Monday reiterated that the administration will resume daily press briefings at the direction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE.In an email to CNN Business, Grisham doubled down on the administration's criticism of the "spectacle" of White House press briefings under a Trump presidency, the last of which occurred 245 days ago, CNN noted.ADVERTISEMENT"That is ultimately his decision," Grisham said, referring to Trump. "The briefings, which are meant to inform the public, were becoming a spectacle."Grisham has previously suggested … [Read more...] about White House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing
Washington (CNN)Stephanie Grisham occupies prized White House real estate -- in the East Wing. The office she earned as Melania Trump's communications director is on the second floor and big enough for a table and chairs, a seating area, and a substantial desk, with several windows that let natural light stream in. Grisham still uses it a handful of times a week, but now she spends most of her time in the West Wing, in the office reserved for the White House press secretary. Since July 1, she's served as White House communications director and White House press secretary, in addition to staying on as communications director for Melania Trump. But while her responsibilities have grown and expanded in scope, Grisham's profile remains relatively low. Once a standard weekday ritual, it has now been 165 days since the last official White House press briefing, and Grisham has shown no sign of returning to the podium. She chalks it up to just one of many examples of how the Trump … [Read more...] about The White House has a new press secretary, remember?
(CNN)Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham will get a major new role as both White House press secretary and communications director, the first lady tweeted Tuesday. "I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 - @POTUS & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest" Melania Trump tweeted. President Donald Trump didn't look far for his next press secretary in Grisham, who for the past two years has been the communications director for the first lady. Grisham will keep her current job too. However, Trump has tweaked the job duties before handing the reins to Grisham, whose purview will include a larger scope of responsibility than that of her predecessor Sarah Sanders, and one as yet unprecedented in this administration. Trump has appointed Grisham both White House director of … [Read more...] about Trump taps Melania Trump’s spokeswoman as next White House press secretary
New York (CNN Business)White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to hold a single briefing since ascending to the position of President Trump's chief spokesperson, but she has made plenty of time for softball interviews with Fox News. Since taking the job in July, Grisham has appeared on Fox News or the Fox Business Network at least 13 times, during which she has assailed the press and disparaged critics of the President. The White House has a new press secretary, remember? Grisham has also appeared for interviews with other conservative television organizations. Her first interview as White House press secretary was with Eric Bolling, a host on the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the media organization with local stations that pushes a conservative political worldview in some of its newscasts. And Grisham has also appeared on One America News Network, a far-right media organization that has a history of peddling conspiracy theories. Read More The interviews on all … [Read more...] about White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to hold a briefing with reporters, but finds time for Fox News