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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

[Stephanie Grisham] alleges a litany of misdeeds by the 45th president: from ogling a young female staffer, to orchestrating lies for the public, to attempting to ban the news media from the White House compound. A major theme of the book is the culture of lies that pervaded Trump's administration. "Casual dishonesty filtered through the White House as if it were in the air conditioning system," Grisham writes.

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Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago. But as journalists were quickly ushered out of the room at the 2019 Group of 20 Summit, Stephanie Grisham once again found herself with a close-up view of the action.

She saw Trump lean toward Putin that day and tell him: "Okay, 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."
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[I]n 2019, Trump went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center without disclosing to the media that he was going, or why.

It was a days-long mystery in the national news, but Grisham's book strongly hints that the president went for a simple colonoscopy, without actually using the word. (She wrote that it was "a very common procedure" for which "a patient is sometimes put under" and that George W. Bush had one as president, too.)

As for the elaborate concealment - Grisham writes that Trump was resistant to having Vice President Mike Pence in power even for a short period of time, and he didn't want to be "the butt of a joke" on late-night TV.

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Grisham alleges that Trump became obsessed with a young, female press aide who isn't named in the book. The president constantly asked where the aide was during press events, Grisham wrote, and allegedly once requested that she be brought to his cabin on Air Force One so he could "look at her [behind]."

Trump behaved inappropriately with Grisham, too, she wrote " once calling her from Air Force One to assure her that his penis was not small or toadstool-shaped, as the porn star Stormy Daniels had alleged in an interview.

Grisham wrote that Trump once asked her then-boyfriend, a fellow Trump aide, if she was good in bed.

In the immortal words of the late Dennis Green "
They are who we thought they were!"

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-28 08:49 AM | Reply

Be best!

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-28 12:28 PM | Reply

In the immortal words of the late Dennis Green "They are who we thought they were!"
#1 |

And the next part of that: "AND WE LET 'EM OFF THE HOOK!"

#3 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-09-28 12:50 PM | Reply

She saw Trump lean toward Putin that day and tell him: "Okay, I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras

Here's dotard acting tough for the cameras.

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-09-28 01:46 PM | Reply

"Dimitri, tell Vlad I'll have more flexibility after the election." Obama open mic paraphrase.

Take your fake outrage elsewhere.

#5 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-28 01:49 PM | Reply

I have never understood why right wingers pretend to be so outraged that Obama was passing a message on to Putin that he would have more flexibility after the election. Of course he would and did have more flexibility in negotiating power after election.. That was hardly a secret. Yet Trumpers try to act like that was a smoking gun showing evil intent by Obama. I guess right wingers see what they want to see and are blind to what is obvious yet unpleasant.

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-28 01:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6. It wasn't bad intent. It was on par with what lefties are freaking g out over on this thread.

#7 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-28 01:55 PM | Reply

""Dimitri, tell Vlad I'll have more flexibility after the election." Obama open mic paraphrase."

So what are you saying? You've been hanging on to this for a decade, but Trump's similar action should be immediately dismissed???

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-09-28 01:57 PM | Reply

Foreign policy is messy and is often hypocritical. That's true regardless of who occupies the WH

#9 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-28 01:58 PM | Reply

"Take your fake outrage elsewhere."

So you're saying your outrage over Obama's comment is fake, then?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-28 02:16 PM | Reply

Foreign policy is messy and is often hypocritical.

The importance of the incident and accompanying anecdotes isn't about foreign policy, it's about the personal insecurities and mendacity of a President unwilling to place the nation's needs above his own vanity and base desires.

Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, while Putin toyed with his insecurities...

In Grisham's telling, Putin seemed to be attempting to throw Trump off his game in Osaka. She writes that Fiona Hill, the White House's top Russia adviser, told her that Putin brought to their meeting an unusually attractive female translator, whose presence seemed intended to distract the U.S. president.

Putin also seemed to be coughing and clearing his throat an inordinate number of times throughout the meeting. Hill speculated to Grisham that he was probably attempting to trigger Trump's well-known germaphobe tendencies, Grisham writes.

It's simply stunning that you can't discern the difference between Trump's vain, narcissistic behavior and Putin taking full advantage of his known pathologies from Obama's attempt to set a future stage for actual bilateral discourse.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-28 02:20 PM | Reply

Take your fake outrage elsewhere.

#5 | Posted by BellRinger

Did obama rewrite the democratic platform to let putin have ukraine LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama cripple and dismantle the state department, firing people who had kept putin in check for years LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama hire putin's favorite oil exec, someone who had no experience, to be in charge of foreign policy LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama say he trusts putin more than our own intelligence agencies LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama refuse subpeonas and block investigation into his relationship with putin LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama have his phone conversations with putin put on a secret database that no one else could see them LIKE TRUMP DID?

Did obama share campaign polling info with putin LIKE TRUMP DID?

I await your pathetic attempt to find false equivilancies.

Then you can tell us why you think trump is putin's preferred candidate, when putin is our enemy and wants to destroy out country.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-28 03:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Foreign policy is messy and is often hypocritical. That's true regardless of who occupies the WH

#9 | Posted by BellRinger

"both sides do it"

No. Your cult is the only one to elect a leader controlled by our enemies.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-28 03:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

So you're saying your outrage over Obama's comment is fake, then?

#10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-09-28 02:16 PM

Yes - just as this outrage is fake.

#14 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-28 03:45 PM | Reply

#12 Trump's policies were tougher on Putin than Obama's. Your talking points are just that.

Did Trump green-light Nordstream while simultaneously killing our own pipeline?

Are you even a real person? You seem like a programmed droid.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-28 03:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Trump behaved inappropriately with Grisham, too, she wrote " once calling her from Air Force One to assure her that his penis was not small or toadstool-shaped, as the porn star Stormy Daniels had alleged in an interview.

Tiny doth protest too much. It must be tiny.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-28 03:52 PM | Reply

#12 Trump's policies were tougher on Putin than Obama's. Your talking points are just that.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger

Everything I wrote was a fact. Trump did nothing to putin.

Why was trump giving campaign polling data to putin?

Answer that question.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-28 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

No wonder Trump's rape victims were not sure if it was his finger or his toadstool.

#18 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-28 03:53 PM | Reply

"Did Trump green-light Nordstream while simultaneously killing our own pipeline?"

Our own pipeline?
You mean TransCanada's pipeline, right?

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-28 04:33 PM | Reply

I doubt if I'll read Grisham's book. It's not that I don't find her tell-all stories interesting. It's just that I don't find them (so far) surprising.

And certainly nothing I wouldn't expect of someone like Donald Trump who lacks both couth and sophistication.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-09-28 07:53 PM | Reply

Why was trump giving campaign polling data to putin?

Answer that question.

#17 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Sorry. You won't get an answer.

Insurrectionists always run away or deflect when you ask them that question.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-29 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Whenever the cl0wnbrigade can't come up with a point to make. out comes the "both parties are alike", nonsense.

They aren't so stop.

#22 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-09-29 04:32 PM | Reply

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