He [Lindsey Graham] 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. — former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham
He [Lindsey Graham] 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. — former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham
Stephanie Grisham called Lindsey Graham 'Senator Freeloader' and said he would show up at Mar-a-Lago to 'stuff his face with free food': book
  • In her forthcoming memoir, Stephanie Grisham blasted Sen. Graham for his trips to Trump properties.
  • "It struck me that he was using Trump to mop up the freebies like there was no tomorrow," she wrote.
  • Graham, once a Trump rival, has become one of the former president's closest advisors.
"Someone who was almost as frequent a guest at Trump properties as I was Senator Lindsey Graham," she wrote. "Okay, I'm exaggerating, but not by much. The difference, of course, is that I was there to work."

The former press secretary proceeded to question what she felt were inconsistencies in Graham's personal relationship with Trump.

"Of all the various characters and hangers-on in Trump World, Lindsey was one of the weirder ones, and that's saying something. He seemed almost schizophrenic," she wrote. "Some days he would be one of Trump's most vigorous defenders; other days he was a harsh critic. People around the president would tell him that he couldn't trust Graham, but Trump seemed to like him whatever reason and I often wondered if he sought Lindsey's approval."

Grisham then directed some of her most pointed criticism at Graham's conduct when he frequented Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and the former president's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.

"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," she wrote.

"On one occasion, I came across him at Bedminster after he'd kicked out a White House staff member so he could take her room," she added. "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.'"

Grisham, who was put off by the conversation, said that the encounter left a lasting impression in her mind.

"I remember thinking, 'Yes it is, but it's not your life — it's the president's life.' There was something so gross and tacky about his behavior during that trip that the image never left me," she wrote.
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