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15 ex-Trump officials planning national effort to 'try and stop' the former president, may travel the country to bad-mouth him, one-time press secretary says

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A group of more than a dozen ex-Trump administration officials are reportedly planning to launch a nationwide opposition campaign aimed at ending their former boss's political career, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced this week.

Grisham, who served as press secretary to the president as well as communications director and chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump, told CNN on Thursday that the group will meet sometime next week to discuss how they can "try and stop" former President Donald Trump.

"Next week, a group of former Trump staff are going to come together, administration officials are going to come together and we're going to talk about how we can formally do some things to try and stop him and also, the extremism, that that kind of violence, rhetoric that has been talked about and continues to divide our country," Grisham said.

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Grisham declined to say who exactly would be at the meeting, but estimated the group's size to be "about 15" and noted that the group included former officials who were both junior and senior to her in the administration, some of whom worked at the White House.

She went on to call Trump a "master manipulator" and express that she is personally hoping to "travel the country and talk to people who are believers like I once was" and "explain who he really is."

"I'm hoping that people will talk to somebody like me or some of these other people who really did believe in Trump and understand you can be proud of his policies, you can still be behind a lot of the America First policies that he implemented, which I am, but it doesn't have to be him. It just doesn't have to be this man who has caused such chaos and destruction in the country," she told CNN.

She added that at the meeting the former Trump officials will discuss "what are the most effective tactics in order to carry that message."

Revelation about the forthcoming meeting came just one day after Grisham sat with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol, during which Grisham claimed that she “answered every question they asked of me, and I will continue to cooperate with them.”

During her interview with CNN Thursday, Grisham alleged that she remembered how Trump supposedly watched with glee as his supporters entered the Capitol.

"All I know about that day was that he was in the dining room, gleefully watching on his TV as he often did, 'look at all of the people fighting for me,' hitting rewind, watching it again — that's what I know," Grisham recounted.

Following her tenure in the Trump administration, Grisham joined other former officials in writing a tell-all about her time working for the firebrand politician. In the book, titled “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” the former press secretary dished on alleged constant chaos and infighting within the administration and claimed that the president made her lie to the American public.

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