KEY POINTS

  • Trump may impose draconian policies if reelected in 2024, says Grisham
  • The former White House press secretary said working at the White House was a "mistake"
  • Trump was reportedly talked out of announcing a 2024 bid by his advisers

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who worked with Donald Trump for nearly six years, warned Monday that the former president may seek “revenge” if he is reelected in 2024. 

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Grisham warned that Trump may impose “draconian policies” should he win back the presidency in the 2024 election.

“I want to just warn people that once he takes office, if he were to win, he doesn't have to worry about reelection anymore. He will be about revenge. He will probably have some pretty draconian policies that go on,” she told Stephanopoulos. 

During the interview, Grisham also acknowledged that she enabled “casual dishonesty” while working under the Trump administration and called her tenure at the White House a "mistake."

“I think that many of us, myself included, got into that White House and got heady with power and became really ... we didn't think about serving the country anymore,” she added. 

During her tenure at the White House, Grisham never conducted a public news briefing. In the interview with Stephanopoulos, she said the lack of press conferences was because Trump believed there was no more need for briefings. 

“He said he didn’t think we needed any more briefings. He spoke to the press two or three times a day directly. So then my job was going to be to work more behind the scenes with print,” she said. 

As of Monday, Trump has yet to formally announce plans to run for the presidency in 2024. While he has repeatedly teased a possible bid, some of his advisers have reportedly talked him out of making any announcement, warning that the Democrats might use it to boost their turnout in the midterm elections.

“The biggest point we drove home was that he doesn’t want to own the midterms if we don’t win back the House or Senate,” a person familiar with the conversation told The Washington Post.

But while he is waiting to make a formal announcement, Trump has begun sending warning shots to potential competitors, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.

"If I faced him, I'd beat him like I would beat everyone else," Trump told Yahoo Finance

Donald Trump is the only US president since Richard Nixon not to release details of his personal finances Donald Trump is the only US president since Richard Nixon not to release details of his personal finances Photo: AFP / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS