White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed on Tuesday that departing former aides to President Barack Obama left notes saying "you will fail" and "you aren't going to make it" for the incoming staff of Donald Trump.
Former Obama aides to quickly denied Grisham's claim, reacting to a tweet from a CNN reporter that Grisham had said during an earlier radio interview, "Every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said 'you will fail,' 'you aren't going to make it.'"
Stephanie Grisham in her White House role
Stephanie Grisham in her White House role
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 9 : Director of Communications for the First Lady Stephanie Grisham follows President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron Trump as they walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday, March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20 : Stephanie Grisham, Press Secretary and Communications Director for the First Lady Melania Trump, talks on the phone before President Donald J. Trump arrives to pardon Peas the turkey during the presentation of the National Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham (L) and Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove (2L) arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Stephanie Grisham, Press Secretary and Communications Director to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to U.S. President Donald Trump look out of a window of Buckingham Palace during the Ceremonial Welcome in the Buckingham Palace Garden for US President Donald Trump on day 1 of his State Visit to the UK on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24 : Assistant to President Donald Trump and Counselor to the President Johnny DeStefano and Press Secretary and Communications Director for the First Lady Stephanie Grisham follow President Donald J. Trump as they walk from the Oval Office to board the Marine One helicopter to depart from the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, Aug 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump’s Communications Director Stephanie Grisham works on her smartphone as she stands on the White House colonnade before an event to celebrate the anniversary of first lady Melania Trump's “Be Best” initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks with U.S. first lady Melania Trump’s Communications Director Stephanie Grisham on the White House colonnade before an event to celebrate the one year anniversary of first lady Melania Trump's “Be Best” initiative in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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"This is another bald faced lie," Obama's former National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrote on Twitter.
"This is an outrageous lie," former senior director of the National Security Council Jon Wolfsthal tweeted. "I know. I handed over the nuclear office at the (National Security Council). Shameless and disgusting."
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau countered that his notes would have been more interesting.
Grisham clarified to NBC News that she didn't mean to suggest that the notes weren't left in every White House office, only in a press area.
"I'm not sure where her was, and I certainly wasn't implying every office had that issue," Grisham wrote, referring to Rice's office. "In fact, I had a lovely note left for me in the East Wing, and I tracked the woman down and thanked her. I was talking specifically about our experience in the lower press office — nowhere else. I don't know why everyone is so sensitive!"