Trump ‘knows he’s lying’ and it’s not stopping him, former official says

Former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said former President Donald Trump knows that “he’s lying” but continues anyway because “people will believe it.”

Grisham pushed back on a question from CNN host Jim Acosta asking if Trump “thinks what he’s saying is true,” adding that he is “a very smart man” and understands what he is doing, while speaking on CNN Newsroom on Sunday.

“Well, he’s not a crackpot. He’s actually a very smart man,” Grisham said. “I mean, he was president of the United States, so we have to give him a modicum of credit for that. But no, he knows he’s lying.”

She also said that while she was press secretary for Trump, from 2019 to 2020, he would tell her to say information she claimed was false, saying he claimed that people would believe
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