- Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump cut the border at the White House Easter Eggs, according to Stephanie Grisham.
- Grisham wrote that they cut other children in line to get pictures with Trump and the first lady.
- It was a “disgusting and justified display,” Grisham wrote.
Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and their families cut other children in line at the annual White House Easter egg roll so they could be photographed with President Donald Trump, according to an upcoming book by former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
In “I Want to Take Your Questions Now,” Grisham writes that Trump’s eldest sons cut the line “in front of the other children in attendance and made sure their own children and not the children in public were in the pictures with the president and first lady.”
“Some of the children and their parents had been standing in long queues for an hour or longer to get a seat with the president, and they were referred to the background,” she continued. “I would continue to develop positive relationships with most of the Trump children, but it was a generally disgusting and justified display that did not seem to surprise” Melania Trump and other aides in the East Wing.
Grisham writes that the 2017 Easter egg roll was the first “major social event” in Trump’s White House, and that expectations ran high in political circles in Washington, DC.
“It was the ‘average girl’s part” in Washington, DC: experts and socialites were just waiting to see if Melania Trump and her skeleton crew could handle such a thing, and it felt like they were not secretly hoping for a flop. ” writes Grisham.
But Grisham believed that the first lady, for whom she served as chief of staff until she became press secretary at the White House in July 2019, managed to pull it off.
Melania Trump “felt the pressure,” but “if there was one thing she was good at, one thing she had experience with, it was to make something look spectacular,” the book says.
Among other things, Grisham writes that Melania Trump deliberately kept the amount smaller than was customary because she did not want to let parents and their children wait in long queues. She was also very attentive to the Easter Bunny’s wardrobe and was apparently not happy with it.
“I do not like what he is wearing,” the first lady said of the rabbit, who originally wore a plaid vest, Grisham writes. Melania “felt it was tacky and distracting,” so “there and then, just minutes before he had to jump out on the White House lawn, Melania Trump made the Easter bunny.”
Both Trumps have condemned Grisham and her memoir, which contains a long line of stories that paint a dishonest and incompetent White House. Grisham resigned his post after Capitol riots on January 6.
“Stephanie did not have what it took, and that was clear from the beginning,” Trump told The New York Times in a statement last week. Melania Trump, who for years regarded Grisham as one of her few close aides, called Grisham a “deceptive and troubled individual.”