Señor Trumpanzee to his then-press secretary Stephanie Grisham: "You just deny it. That’s what you do in every situation. Right, Stephanie? You just deny it."
All-around good news: Señor Trumpanzee's absurd non-disclosure agreements don't hold up. This morning, Maggie Haberman reported that the American Arbitration Association ruled against him in his attempt to enforce one against Omarosa, who wrote a tell-all book, Unhinged, about working with him. She even gets to collect legal fees from him! "Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years. Finally," his fellow Apprentice cast member said, "the bully has met his match!"
The book paints a picture of an out-of-control president who is in a state of mental decline and is prone to racist and misogynistic behavior. Manigault Newman’s book also casts the former president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in a negative light. When Trump advisers tried to cast doubt on Manigault Newman’s accounts, she released audio recordings that backed up several of her claims.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, Trump said nothing about the arbitration case, and instead attacked Manigault Newman in personal terms.
The media- and image-obsessed Trump has for years used nondisclosure agreements as a way to prevent staff members from speaking about him publicly, and to deter them from making disparaging comments or writing books like Manigault Newman’s.
...The decision was made public a week before a new book by Stephanie Grisham, one of Trump’s former White House press secretaries, will be released. The book paints a deeply unflattering portrait of Trump and his wife, Melania.
Speaking of which... Katie Rogers, also writing for The Times, reported this morning that the book-- filled with quoted expletives from Trump and his repulsive family and staffers-- is replete with compelling gossip people who love or hate Trump will be drawn to-- "abusing his staff, placating dictators... and making sexual comments about a young White House aide. In her book, titled I’ll Take Your Questions Now, Grisham recalls her time working for a president she said constantly berated her and made outlandish requests, including a demand that she appear before the press corps and re-enact a certain call with the Ukrainian president that led to Trump’s (first) impeachment, an assignment she managed to avoid. 'I knew that sooner or later the president would want me to tell the public something that was not true or that would make me sound like a lunatic,' Ms. Grisham writes, offering a reason for why she never held a briefing. After serving as press secretary, Ms. Grisham worked in Melania Trump’s office. She resigned on Jan. 6 as a horde of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. Her book was kept a secret from her closest allies in the White House, though by the time she departed Washington that number had dwindled... The former president and his advisers have already moved to discredit Grisham’s account, and have used increasingly personal terms to disparage her."
Trump said in a statement this morning that "Stephanie didn’t have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning" and that she had become "very angry and bitter'" after breaking up with Trump lackey and roadie Max Miller, who Trump is running for an Ohio congressional seat now. "She had big problems and we felt that she should work out those problems for herself," said Señor T. "Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by a radical left-leaning publisher to say bad and untrue things." Grisham referred to Kushner-in-law as "Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit."
Beyond Trump himself giving it a big bounce-- he's so stupid and never learns-- the media has been widely promoting the book all day. The story about Trump's ugly little misshapen penis was a key point every media outlet was eager to exploit, although no pictures of drawings have been used. The Daily Beast's Jamie Ross began his coverage by noting that "Three years ago, adult-film star Stormy Daniels scarred us all forever by describing Donald Trump’s penis as being like 'a toadstool.' She wrote in her 2018 book, which dished the dirt on her alleged affair with the ex-president: 'I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.' Well, according to Trump’s former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, that truly hideous description didn’t go down very well with Trump either. The Washington Post reports that Grisham writes in her new book that Trump once felt the need to call her from Air Force One to inform her that his penis was neither small nor shaped [like] a toadstool.
The Guardian's coverage tried to start out on a more serious note-- the bizarre relationship between Trumpanzee and his pal Vlad. Martin Pengelly reported that when they met in Osaka (2019) Trump told Putin "I’m going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it’s for the cameras, and after they leave, we’ll talk. You understand." Putin understood Trump a million times better than Trump understood him. His translator was a knockout Russian operative who was chosen for her beauty in order to prevent the superficial Trump from concentrating on his talking points.
Grisham also makes the case that Trump "was too wrapped up in his own ego and his own delusions about his invincibility" to deal properly with the pandemic, which, thankfully, cost him his reelection.