Former White House press secretary Stephenie Grisham said official records would “just disappear” when Trump was around.
Grisham, who worked for Trump from July 2019 to April 2020, said Trump would routinely move official files from White House work areas to his private presidential residence.
She told the Washington Post, “All the documents that made it into the White House residence were these boxes that Trump carried around.”
“Normally, at the end of the day, the body man would have brought them upstairs for Trump or someone from the outer oval,” Grisham said. “They would be handed over to the residence and just disappear.”
Grisham outlined how Trump often kept information in boxes: “There was no rhyme or reason for secret documents being on newspapers on papers that people were printing out of things they wanted to read. The boxes were never organized.”
“He wanted to get his work done on long trips, so he just rummaged through the boxes. That was our filing system,” she said.
Grisham joined the Trump campaign in 2016, initially working for Melania Trump before promoting the deal with the media as Trump’s press secretary.
She stayed at the job for about a year before returning to work for Melania. She left the government on January 6, 2021, in the wake of the US Capitol riots.
Instead, Trump took dozens of boxes of records when he left office in January 2021, prompting a legal battle that culminated in the Aug. 8 FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.