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Politics Obama alums bristle at Stephanie Grisham's claim that they left 'you will fail' notes

06:20  20 november  2019
06:20  20 november  2019 Source:   politico.com

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham . | Obama White House officials pushed back forcefully on press secretary Stephanie Grisham ’ s claim that they left disparaging notes for the incoming administration predicting that “ you will fail ” and “ you aren’t going to make it.”

Stephanie Grisham claimed that members of the Trump administration found unfriendly notes from Obama staffers when they moved into their West Wing offices. 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

Obama White House officials pushed back forcefully on press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s claim that they left disparaging notes for the incoming administration predicting that “you will fail” and “you aren’t going to make it.”

a person talking on a cell phone: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.© Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

A reporter for CNN tweeted out Grisham’s comments, in which she alleged “every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘You will fail,’” and “‘You aren’t going to make it.’” The tweet sparked blowback from prominent members of the Obama administration who quickly denied and contradicted her account.

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Trump press secretary faces backlash over baseless claim that Obama aides left ‘ you will fail ’ notes . The White House is facing fresh allegations of dishonesty after press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed without evidence that aides to former president Barack Obama left behind

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed without evidence that Obama staffers left notes for Trump aides saying ' You will fail '. A host of former Obama aides denied Grisham ' s claim , accused her of lying, and in some cases, argued they instead left encouraging notes for President

Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, called the claim “another bald faced lie.”

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, condemned Grisham and called her accusation a lie.

“If this happened I also don’t think the entire Trump staff would wait 3 years to tell us,” he said. “Sad to see the WH press secretary fall this far.”

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama, demanded that Grisham "produce the notes that back this up."

She added: I cannot imagine a single one of my former colleagues who would do this. From @BarackObama on down, we all tried to help facilitate a smooth and orderly transition just as President Bush and his team had done for us."

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On Tuesday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham made the bizarre assertion that aides to President Barack Obama left taunting notes in “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.’ ” The claim was met with

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Former West Wing staffers also countered Grisham’s claim by recalling the words of advice they left in the White House for their successors or noting they left briefing books in an attempt to smooth the transition of power.

Ned Price, a former CIA intelligence officer, argued Grisham was “right about one point.”

“I left a note -- tucked away in my desk -- for my successor. I wished him success and encouraged him not to grow jaded despite the pace and obstacles. I also left my personal email in case he wished to seek candid advice,” he wrote on Twitter, adding: “I never heard from him.”

Rice also retweeted the CNN reporter, Abby Phillips, who had quoted an excerpt from Rice’s book recounting how Rice left a note for her successor Michael Flynn: "On a White House stationary card, I reiterate my best wishes for his success in a job so crucial to the nation's security. I offer to help him, if ever I could..."

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Stephanie Grisham told a US radio station in Virginia: “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.’” Three former Trump aides also confirmed Grisham ’ s claim to

Stephanie Grisham Getty Images. More On: barack obama . President Obama ’s aides taunted the incoming Trump administration in 2017 by leaving copies of books by Obama in “every” White House office Three former West Wing officials confirmed Grisham ’ s claim to the Mail, the website said.

Peter Boogaard, an Obama-era press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, called Grisham’s assertion “ridiculous.”

“WH Staff spent countless hours, right up until President Trump Inauguration, preparing memos to facilitate a smooth transition and left notes of encouragement and support for their predecessors,” he tweeted. “Have to wonder what prompted this outright lie.”

And even Grisham’s predecessor in the East Wing press shop tweeted out the text of the letter she left for Grisham upon assuming her new role in the White House.

Others reacted with humor.

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, now host of the popular liberal podcast Pod Save America, tweeted that “it's appalling that she thinks our notes would have been that lame.” Another former speechwriter, Cody Keenan, joked in a tweet that “I actually left an iPhone charger if anybody’s seen it, but no, nobody left unimaginative notes written at a sixth-grade level.”

Grisham told POLITICO just days into the new administration that the outgoing press staff left a variety of books about Obama in the press office space for the incoming team though it’s not clear she mentioned any kinds of disparaging notes.

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Stephanie Grisham , who started working at the White House as Sean Spicer’s deputy, claimed Obama aides left behind notes No similar investigation has been conducted into Grisham ’ s claims . WH Press Sec Stephanie Grisham claims Obama aides left ‘ you will fail ” notes in offices for

WH Press Sec Stephanie Grisham claims Obama aides left ‘ you will fail ” notes in offices for Trump aides: “We came into the WH, 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

The disparaging notes would mark a dark turn for high jinks that have occasionally greeted incoming administrations. White House aides have a history of pulling pranks on their successors. When President George W. Bush took office, his staff discovered Clinton officials had removed the “W” key from keyboards in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Grisham elaborated on the pushback from Obama officials, saying in an email to POLITICO that "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, " she continued. "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."

But other Obama alums rebuffed that explanation as well.

"I’ve known @joshearnest almost my entire career, and not only are these accusations antithetical to the ethos of the @BarackObama administration, they are also the exact opposite of how teams he leads act—he’d never tolerate that kind of BS," wrote Brent Colburn, who worked in the comms department of various federal agencies.

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