- Alyssa Farah Griffin said Trump’s role as director of communications was “basically a contradiction”.
- He said he would go to work with plans to derail with Trump’s obsessive tweets.
- Farah Griffin made the comments in an interview with the January 6 House panel.
Alyssa Farah Griffin, who once served as former President Donald Trump’s communications director, complained that her role was futile as her “wildcard” boss would ruin her plans by obsessively tweeting.
Farah Griffin described the White House role as “basically a contrast” in an interview with the House election committee investigating the Capitol riot, according to a newly released transcript.
“As the White House communications director under Donald Trump, this is not something that really effectively exists,” he told the panel.
Farah Griffin was in the role from April 2020 until she resigned in December of that year, and she said in the transcript that her resignation was an “implied nod” to Trump’s November election loss, and he refused to acknowledge it.
He said the role was “a huge challenge,” according to the transcript.
“Every day you walk in and you have the best plans you can make, you know, whether it’s a policy presentation, whatever,” Farah Griffin continued. “And his tweet, the fact that he decided to tweet that morning, derails everything.”
Farah Griffin said it was either “naive” or “arrogance” that made her think she could professionalize her communications and press operations while working for Trump.
“The important thing was the manager and he was a total joker,” he told the panel, according to the transcript. “You never knew what to do, what to say, and that could throw everything off course.”
The former White House aide cited one particular example of the “chaos” she said she endured in the role. In May 2020, Trump tweeted a false conspiracy theory He claims that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough killed his intern.
(The medical investigator decided that the death in 2001 was accidental and that the intern was struck on the head after fainting from an undiagnosed heart condition.)
“You know, you can make the most exceptional policy presentation or proxy operation, but God knows what he’s talking about here, that derails everything,” Farrah Griffin said of her experience.
In 2017, former Trump aides told Politico that he couldn’t control anyone’s tweets in the White House.
According to Politico, a former aide to Trump’s tweets said, “In many ways and with intrigue, the greatest achievement anyone has had has been to stop him for a moment or slow things down.”
Trump was banned from tweeting in January 2021, but the ban was lifted last month by Twitter’s CEO, Elon Musk.
But the former president did not return to Twitter, saying he wants to continue using Truth Social, the social media platform he founded last year.