Donald Trump refused to go under anesthesia when he had a colonoscopy because he did not want to hand power over to Mike Pence, according to Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s new book.
Grisham claims that the president did not want anyone to know about the medical procedure, which she does not specifically name, because he did not want to be “the butt of a joke” for late-night comedians.
Grisham writes in her new book I’ll Take Your Questions Now, that Trump underwent a “very common procedure” for which a “patient is sometimes put under”. She adds that it was the same procedure that George W Bush had during his time in the White House when temporarily signed over power to vice president Dick Cheney as he underwent a 2007 colonoscopy.
The New York Times reported the excerpt of the book Tuesday, possibly explaining a “mysterious” 2019 trip to Walter Reed that was never fully disclosed to the public.
Grisham wrote that “as with COVID, he was too wrapped up in his own ego and his own delusions about his invincibility”, according to the book.
Trump has responded to the book and its claims about his time in the White House by personally attacking Grisham and her job performance.
“Stephanie didn’t have what it takes and that was obvious from the beginning,” Trump said through spokesperson Liz Harrington, who unlike the former president has not been banned from Twitter. “She became very angry and bitter after her break up and as time went on she was seldom relied upon, or even thought about.”
Trump added: “She had big problems and we felt that she should work out those problems for herself. Now, like everyone else, she gets paid by a radical left-leaning publisher to say bad and untrue things.”