Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 19, 2019 2:49PM EST
WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham stated Tuesday that Obama administration aides left behind taunting notes for incoming Trump officers after they handed over their places of work in 2017. Numerous Obama aides denounced the accusation as fiction.
“We came into the White House. I’ll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘you will fail,’ ‘you aren’t going to make it,”‘ Grisham informed conservative radio present host John Fredericks in an interview Tuesday.
Grisham later backtracked and stated the nasty notes have been left solely in one half of the White House that homes press operations.
Some high-profile Obama administration officers flatly denied the declare, together with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
“This is a bald faced lie,” Rice wrote on Twitter.
Grisham’s criticism got here as House Democrats held a 3rd day of public impeachment hearings.
Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan tweeted that he left behind an iPhone charger, however that “nobody left unimaginative notes written at a sixth-grade level.”
“I mean, if they read the `how to do your job’ memos and briefing books we actually left, they’d at least know how to write a coherent speech, vet their appointees, and maybe fewer of them would be indicted or heading to jail,” Keenan jabbed.
Another Obama speechwriter, Jon Favreau, and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett additionally pushed again in opposition to Grisham’s declare.
Grisham, who first labored as an adviser to first girl Melania Trump, stated after the radio interview that she discovered a “lovely note” from her predecessor in the East Wing.
“I was talking specifically (and honestly) about our experience in the lower press office — nowhere else,” Grisham stated. “I don’t know why everyone is so sensitive. At the time we saw it as kind of a prank, and something that always happened. We were so busy trying to learn where the bathrooms were and how to turn on the lights, it wasn’t that big of a deal.”
Grisham’s predecessor in the East Wing posted on social media the observe she left behind for Grisham.
“Welcome to the small family of White House staffers, past and present,” Joanna Rosholm wrote. “The bond we all share transcends politics.”
Pranks or mean jabs have definitely occurred in the previous.
Aides in the George W. Bush administration reported inheriting authorities computer systems from the Bill Clinton administration with lacking “W” keys and discovering Gore presidential marketing campaign stickers affixed to authorities property.
But Obama officers insisted they knew of no mean-spirited hijinks.
Rice wrote in “Tough Love” that she left behind an encouraging observe for her Trump administration successor, Michael Flynn.
“On a White House stationary card, I reiterate my best wishes for his success in a job so crucial to the nation’s security. I offered to help him, if ever I could,” Rice wrote.