October 4, 2021: The day before the book’s release, the former first lady released another statement calling Grisham a “deceitful and troubled individual.”
“The author is desperately trying to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation by manipulating and distorting the truth about Mrs. Trump,” Melania Trump’s office said in a statement to CNN’s Kate Bennett. “Ms. Grisham is a deceitful and troubled individual who doesn’t deserve anyone’s trust.”
“I expected that. I expect more. This is right out of their playbook: When they don’t like the message, they’re going to destroy the messenger. I know, I was part of doing that sometimes,” Grisham told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“I notice she’s not denying anything fully in the book just yet, I think she knows that I have a lot of receipts to show I’m being fully honest. I expected that, and I’m sure there will be more to come, probably a lawsuit or two or three or four,” Grisham added.