President Trump’s Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham revealed on Tuesday that Obama staffers left insulting notes all around the White House for Trump staffers to find.
Grisham told a Virginia radio show host at the White House that the sticky notes had been posted all around the property the cabinets had been filled with books written by former President Obama.
“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.’ And in the press office, there was a big note taped to a door that said, ‘You will fail’,” Grisham said.
Grisham continued, “And they had filled, they had filled the—” before cutting herself off.
It did not take long for former Obama staffers to push back against the claim, with many posting friendly notes they had left in their offices for the incoming Trump officials. They denied any Obama books being left as well and former Ambassador Susan rice even called it “another boldfaced lied”.
The saga was far from over, however. Press Secretary Grisham responded to the backlash against her claims, saying:
“I’m not sure where their offices were, and certainly wasn’t implying every office had that issue. In fact, I had a lovely note left for me in the East Wing, and I tracked the woman down and thanked her. I was talking specifically (and honestly) about our experience in the lower press office- nowhere else. 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.”
Other White House aides backed up the claims by Grisham in interviews following her statement.
“It was a mess that first week,” one recalled. “Yeah, there were mean notes left in odd places. One in a deputy press secretary’s office, one inside a desk drawer in upper press, another on a bathroom mirror. They were all about how we were doomed to failure.”
A second staffer said, “Those notes definitely happened. They even left us Russian vodka in the cabinet. They were trolling us from the minute we got there. It was definitely just ridiculous. We were trying to find the bathroom, and we get these notes saying ‘You will fail,’ and ‘You’re not going to make it’.”
Another claimed that the notes were not saved by anyone because they were too busy setting up at the time.