First lady Melania Trump called former friend and mentor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff on Friday “dishonest” and “serviceable,” weeks after Wolkoff released a full book about their friendship.
“The headlines are keen to cover the great claims made by a former contractor who advised my office,” Trump said in a White House essay without specifying Wolkoff’s name. “Someone who said ‘he made me’ even though he didn’t know me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the presidency.”
Trump said the conversations Wolkoff secretly taped and shared with the media were taken “out of context,”; and the book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, “is full of” idle chismis “which means” Distort “his character.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Wolkoff on Tuesday, alleging the author violated a non-disclosure agreement and did not provide a copy of the book to the government for review.
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The government claims Wolkoff “committed to maintaining strict confidentiality on ‘non-public, privileged and / or confidential information'” when he volunteered to serve as a first lady counselor in 2017. This non-disclosure agreement is said to have no expiration date.
By failing to submit a draft of his book for review, lawyers from the Department of Justice claimed he failed to obtain the necessary permission to disclose the details included in the book, which they noticed referred to as a “scathing” tell-all. “
The book is full of unspoken allegations against the first lady, including her renovation of the White House bathroom to prevent the use of the same facilities as former first lady Michelle Obama, whom she complained about. decorated by the White House for Christmas and seemingly ignored by children separated on the US-Mexico border after their parents illegally crossed over.
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“His ‘memoir,'” Trump wrote, “included blaming me for his ill health from an accident he had long had, and for the bad news coverage he had brought to himself and to others. Never look within his own dishonest behavior and all in a related attempt. These kinds of people only care about their personal agenda – not about helping others. “
Trump said news outlets chose to occupy the “little lip” rather than his “positive job,” a reference to his Be Best campaign for children.
“There are many opportunists out there who only care about themselves, and unfortunately seek to exaggerate themselves by deliberately exploiting my good will,” he wrote.
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He added that the country should not “get lost in the noise of negativity and encourage the ambition of those who only seek to promote themselves.”
Fox News’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.