Alyssa Farah Griffin said her job as Trump’s communications director was “basically an oxymoron.”
She said she’d go to work with plans that would be derailed by Trump’s compulsive tweeting.
Farah Griffin made the comments in an interview with the January 6th House panel.
Alyssa Farah Griffin, who once served as former President Donald Trump’s communications director, complained that her role was futile because her “wild card” boss would ruin her plans with compulsive tweeting.
Farah Griffin described her White House role as “basically an oxymoron” in an interview with the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, according to a newly released transcript.
“Being White House communications director under Donald Trump, it’s just not something that really effectively existed,” she told the panel.
Farah Griffin was in the role from April 2020 until she resigned in December of that year, saying in the transcript that her resignation was a “tacit nod” to Trump’s election loss in November, which he refused to admit.
The role was a “huge challenge,” she said, per the transcript.
“You would go in every day and have the best-laid plans that you could, you know, whether it’s a policy rollout, whatever it might be,” Farah Griffin continued. “And what he tweets, decides to tweet that morning, would derail everything.”
Farah Griffin said she was either “naive” or it was “hubris” that led to her thinking she could professionalize the communications and press operations while working for Trump.
“The principal is what matters, and he was a complete wild card,” she told the panel, per the transcript. “You never knew what he was going to do, what he was going to say, and that could throw everything off course.”
The former White House aide cited a specific example of the “chaos” she said she endured in the role. In May 2020, Trump tweeted a false conspiracy theory suggesting that MSNBC’S Joe Scarborough murdered his intern.
(The medical examiner ruled that the death, in 2001, was accidental and the result of the intern hitting her head after passing out due to an undiagnosed heart condition.)
“You could do, you know, the most exceptional policy rollout or surrogates operation, but if he’s talking about God knows what over here, that’s just going to derail everything,” Farrah Griffin said of her experience.
In 2017, former Trump aides told Politico that nobody in the White House could control his tweeting.
“The most success anyone has had, through numerous angles and schemes, has been to stop it momentarily, or to slow things down,” said one former aide of Trump’s tweets, per Politico.
Trump was banned from tweeting in January 2021, only having the ban lifted last month by Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk.
The former president has not returned to Twitter, however, and has said that he intends to continue using Truth Social — the social media platform he founded last year.
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