- Melania Trump refused to meet with Steve Scalise in the White House after he was shot.
- Stephanie Grisham wrote that Trump rejected the meeting because she had already visited him in the hospital.
- “No, I already said hello,” the first lady said allegedly.
Former First Lady Melania Trump refused to meet with the Republican rep. Steve Scalise in the White House after he was shot in 2017 at a congressional baseball practice because she had already visited him once in the hospital, according to a new book, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who also served as Melania Trump’s chief of staff, wrote that Scalise and his family went to the White House for an unscheduled visit shortly after Scalise recovered from the shooting.
Grisham wrote that the First Lady’s staff asked her if she would visit the Scalises gathered in the blue room, and that she said no.
“Her answer was, ‘No, I already said hello,'” Grisham wrote. The first lady referred to when she and then-President Donald Trump visited Scalise in the hospital as he was recovering from the shooting. an ongoing joke in the East Wing.
“Every time the first lady said no to something, we said to each other, ‘Well, she already said hello!'” Grisham wrote.
The former press secretary’s book, “I’m Taking Your Questions Now,” has hit waves in recent weeks and is expected to be released on Tuesday.
Grisham served as Melania Trump’s chief of staff before becoming the third White House press secretary in Trump after Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She served in the role from July 2019 to April 2020 and came with sharp criticism for not having held a single press conference during that time.
The former president attacked Grisham’s book as “bad and untrue”, claiming she “did not have what it took” to work in her administration.
“Stephanie did not have what it took, and that was obvious from the beginning,” Trump said in a statement through a spokesman. “She became very angry and bitter after her breakup, and as time went on, she rarely became addicted to or even thought about. She had big problems and we felt she had to solve these problems for herself. Now, like everyone else , she gets paid by a radical left-wing publisher for saying bad and untrue things. “