Melania Trump’s former close friend, who wrote a revealing book, has brushed aside criticism that she barely knew the first lady.
Earlier this year, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote the Insider Book Melania and I: the rise and fall of my friendship with the First Lady, which exposed Trump’s beliefs about the children of immigrants separated from their parents at the border, his icy relationship with Ivanka Trump, and his disdain for certain ceremonial first lady duties.
On Thursday, Melania Trump released a scathing statement about her former friend, claiming that Wolkoff “barely knew me” and “clung to me” after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016.
In a statement on Saturday first shared with The Daily Beast, Wolkoff rebuffed the First Lady’s claim, pointing out that she attended her wedding and often stayed with the First Family.
“I find it puzzling that the First Lady of the United States asked someone she ‘barely knew’ to attend her nuptials, join her for countless lunches, help plan the inauguration presidential, to stay in the White House and in Mar-a-Lago, and act as its chief adviser, ”she said.
She continued, “I wrote this book to share with the audience my experience working with Melania, our fifteen year friendship and her ultimate betrayal. This portrait is not at all flattering but it is the truth and Americans deserve the truth about the occupants of the White House.
The 49 year old top Vogue The staff had been friends with Melania Trump for years, having lunch with her in Manhattan and occasionally attending the same social events. Wolkoff was Melania Trump’s first White House hire, but left following reports that her company had been paid $ 26 million to help plan the inauguration. According to Wolkoff, the relationship deteriorated after the first lady refused to defend her following the inauguration revelations.
Earlier this week, the Justice Department announced it was suing Wolkoff, arguing that she had broken a non-disclosure agreement and had not submitted a draft of her book to the federal government for pre-publication review. . Former government officials sometimes submit books to the federal government to filter classified information, although observers have pointed out that Wolkoff does not have access to classified information during his time at the White House.
Over the past few months, the DOJ has taken the somewhat unusual decision to take legal action against the authors of several former Trump officials who have written unflattering books on the current White House.
In June, the department sued former national security adviser John Bolton, trying to block publication of his book. The room where it happened, who has long criticized Trump and detailed the president’s attempts to stop aid to Ukraine until the country agrees to investigate the Biden family. The Justice Department has also attempted to replace Trump’s personal attorneys in a libel lawsuit that author E. Jean Carroll recently brought against Trump, which she accused of raping her in the 1990s.
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