Grisham changed her claims later in the day, changed important parts of her story, and said she considered the alleged behavior a harmless prank.
"This is another bald lie," Susan E. Rice
"This is absolutely not true," wrote Chris Lu, who served as Cabinet Secretary in the White House during his tenure as the Obama administration. "Obama repeated and publicly praised Bush's cooperation during the 2009 transition and promised that we would offer the same cooperation to all who followed us. And that's what we did. "
Grisham provided no evidence for their allegations, and no other government official has publicly made similar allegations in the 34 months since Trump entered the White House.
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"Not in my office," said one of the former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in contradiction to the press secretary.  [gabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabengabenGrGrGrGrGrGrGrGrGr19659002] Grisham made the first allegation during an interview with the John Fredericks radio show after the hostess had asked her why the White House Trump had not completely filled the administration with loyalists from the beginning.
Grisham responded that the administration of Beginning to face a tough fight, including open contempt for Obama adjutants s hostile messages when they left their offices.
"When we came to the White House, I'll tell you something, every office was occupied We had left notes that said," They will fail, "" They will not make it ". "In the press office, a big piece of paper saying" You're going to fail "was attached to a door."
Brandi Hoffine, who served as press spokeswoman during the Obama administration, said on Twitter when she left the office Press Office on January 19, 2017: "The only notes in this room when we turned off the lights were encouraging Words. "
A Washington Post reporter who went to the White House press office the evening before Trump's inauguration found a positive note on the desk of former press spokesman Josh Earnest, addressed to his successor Sean Spicer. silly. "
" I'm not sure where their offices were, and certainly do not imply that every office had this problem, "Grisham said. "I specifically (and honestly) talked about our experiences in the lower press office – nowhere else. I do not know why everyone is so sensitive! "
" Stephanie is right that there were nasty grunts left in the press office, "tweeted Michael Short, a former White House spokesman who worked in the" Lower Press "section of the White House. He did not say what was in the notes.
A second former White House official said officials found a Russian vodka bottle in the "lower press" and Grisham found an anti-Trump note.
The notes were "taped" to the cubpoards, "said this adjutant.
Grisham's follow-up statement was very different from her claims that "every office was filled with Obama books, and that" a large note saying "You're failing" was attached to a door. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; & # 39; The books were in the cabinets of the lower press, as well as one of the notes recorded in them, "she wrote, referring to a single office in the White House complex. "I think others came out and said that this is true. Either way, that should not be a big deal. "
Several officials of the Trump administration who have written about telling everything, including some who worked in the White House press office, have never publicly mentioned seeing such letters or reading notes on doors or in cupboards. While smartphones are ubiquitous among White House officials, no photos or copies of alleged notes have appeared since Trump's swearing-in.
"We took pictures of them and posted them everywhere," said a former official who denied Grisham's report.
Commenting on the backlash on Tuesday, Grisham said she considered the negative notes and the Obama books "a kind of prank and something that always happened". She also highlighted the fact that she personally received a "nice" note from a White House counselor in Obama when she arrived .
However, in the radio interview, she was much more negative about the alleged behavior and pointed out that Obama is helping – and career officials who had continued to serve under Trump – were vengeful and had worked to undermine the new president.
"It was sad; it was pathetic, "she said. "When we leave in six years, I intend to leave a note in my [successor’s] drawer: 'Good luck to you. "I do not care if it's a Dem or a Republican – you serve your country. It is the highest honor in the world. So if these people could not recognize that and stick to it, it was their fault.
Several former Obama officials said they had left only positive news for the incoming Trump government officials Joanna Rosholm, press spokeswoman for former First Lady Michelle Obama, posted a copy of a letter on Twitter, She left in the White House.
"Welcome to the small family of former and current White House staff," she wrote. "The bond we all share goes beyond politics. I want you to know that I am always available to answer questions the way Mrs. Bush's co-workers were there for us. No question is too big or too small. "
The two previous White House press officers under Trump were also accused of showing no openness or misleading the public.
Spicer admitted that he had made a mistake when he falsely claimed during his first press conference that the crowd in Trump's inauguration was the largest in history. This was not the case.
Former press spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told federal investigators she had not said at a press conference in 2017 that she had heard of "countless" FBI agents approving Trump's decision to fire FBI director James B, would have supported. Come on. This claim was not based on anything, said Sanders to investigators of the then Special Adviser Robert S. Mueller III.
David Nakamura contributed to this report.