Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham unloads on Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-S.C), whom she referred to as ‘Senator Freeloader,’ in her new book, writing that he was using Donald Trump to “mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow,” and to gain access to celebrities.
“Someone who was almost as frequent a guest at Trump properties as I was Senator Lindsey Graham,” Grisham wrote in her new book ‘I’ll Take Your Questions Now,’ according to Insider. “Okay, I’m exaggerating, but not by much. The difference, of course, is that I was there to work.”
“It struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow (seems that he still is). He would show up at Mar-a-Lago or Bedminster to play free rounds of golf, stuff his face with free food, and hang out with Trump and his celebrity pals,” Grisham wrote.
Grisham recalls a specific instance in which Graham kicked a White House staffer out of her room at Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., golf club so he could have it.
Grisham cited another occasion in which “Senator Freeloader was sitting at a table by the pool, a big grin on his face, lapping up the goodies he was getting like some potentate. He said to me, with a creepy little smile, ‘Isn’t this great? Man, this is the life.”
“There was something so gross and tacky about his behavior during that trip that the image never left me,” Grisham writes.
Grisham said Graham was “one of the weirder” characters who was close to Trump, calling him “almost schizophrenic.”
“Some days he would be one of Trump’s most vigorous defenders; other days he was a harsh critic,” she wrote. “People around the president would tell him that he couldn’t trust Graham, but Trump seemed to like him for whatever reason and I often wondered if he sought Lindsey’s approval.”
Grisham’s book is set to be released on Tuesday.