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Guards Were in Her Way. The New WH Press Secretary Wasn't Having It

Stephanie Grisham reportedly bruised in incident outside Trump-Kim meeting in DMZ
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2019 12:00 PM CDT
In this June 21, 2019, photo, Stephanie Grisham watches as President Trump and the first lady greet attendees during the annual congressional picnic on the South Lawn in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Stephanie Grisham is getting into her new role as White House press secretary—and on Sunday she apparently really got into it. CNN reports that Grisham, who was part of the entourage that accompanied President Trump to the Demilitarized Zone for his get-together with Kim Jong Un, was involved in a tussle—a source called it an "all-out brawl"—with North Korean security officials while Trump and Kim were meeting nearby. Fox News notes Grisham, who reportedly came out of the incident with some bruises, was "pushing back" against the North Korean guards so members of the White House press corps could slide into place for views of Trump and Kim. USA Today reports that Kim seemed to be laughing at the chaotic scene, which apparently came to a halt once Secret Service got involved.

A short video circulating online shows a snippet in which Grisham—last week described by the Washington Post as having a "combative style"—pushes past those in her way. Also spotted in the DMZ with Trump: Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The Daily Beast reports that Carlson appears to be part of the White House press pool that accompanied Trump, and that he'll interview the president sometime on Sunday for a segment set to air Monday. Carlson has drawn controversy of his own during the trip for comments he made from South Korea while talking to Fox & Friends. The Daily Beast notes that although Carlson conceded North Korea's regime is a "monstrous" one, he added that "you've got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. ... A lot of countries commit atrocities, including a number that we're closely allied with ... it's important to be honest about that." (Read more Stephanie Grisham stories.)

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