Donald Trump Aides Reveal ‘Nasty Grams’ Left at White House by Barack Obama Staff

And any remaining doubts about the hostility between the 44th and 45th presidents were laid to rest by Donald Trump's wiretap allegations -- which Barack Obama rejected via a spokesman as "simply false"
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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham revealed that aides to former President Barack Obama left disparaging notes in the West Wing offices after the administration transition.

“We had notes left behind that said, ‘You will fail, you aren’t going to make it,'” Grisham said Tuesday during an interview with Virginia radio host John Fredericks. “In the press office, there was a big note taped to the door that said, ‘You will fail.'”

Grisham’s claim sparked outrage from former senior Obama aides, including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who called it a “bald-faced lie.”

Senior adviser to President Obama Valarie Jarret demanded Grisham produce the notes.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes also called it a lie.

Grisham specified afterward to CNN that the notes were left in the lower press office, but not elsewhere.

“At the time we saw it as kind of a prank and something that always happened,” she said.

Speechwriter aide to Obama Jon Favreau did not deny the messages but joked about it on Twitter.

But none of those Obama aides were stationed in the lower press offices, where Trump staffers say the notes were found. (Grisham moved to the East Wing as the press secretary for Melania Trump and then to the upper press offices as press secretary for President Trump.)

Former White House press aide Michael Short also weighed in on Twitter to confirm that former Obama staffers left them “nasty grams.”

Short was stationed in lower press offices before he left the White House in July 2017 under then communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

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