NEW YORK (VINnews) — A new book by Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary who also served Melania Trump’s chief of staff, claims that the former first lady refused to meet with Republican Rep. Steve Scalise at the White House after he was shot in 2017 by a left-wing extremist.
Scalise himself categorically denied the allegations, tweeting that “This never happened. My family went to visit the White House while I was still in the hospital and were graciously given a tour by President and Mrs. Trump.” Scalise also shared pictures of his family with the first lady.
Grisham wrote that Scalise and his family had gone for an unscheduled visit to the White House after he recovered from the shooting which occurred at a congressional baseball practice. Melania allegedly refused to meet with the Scalises, saying that “I already said hello,” in an apparent reference to her visit to the hospital together with President Trump while Scalise was recovering.
Scalise denied having made such a visit and slammed Grisham, saying that “this is how the fake news media machine against President Trump and Melania Trump works.” He added that her claim was “another pathetic attempt by a disgraced former staffer to tell lies in order to sell books. If her publisher or a single outlet covering this story had done any fact-checking, they would’ve learned it was fake. But they didn’t because it fits their fake narrative.”
“The fact they need to stoop so low to make up verifiably false stories about a shooting victim and his family to paint a false picture of the Trumps tells you everything you need to know about their credibility,” Scalise concluded.