Melania Trump’s estranged best friend who wrote an entire book removed the comment that she barely knew the first lady.
Earlier this year, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff authored the book Insider Melania and I: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, which revealed Trump’s beliefs about the children of immigrants separated from their parents at the border, his frosty relationship with Ivanka Trump, and his contempt for some of the first lady’s ceremonial duties.
On Thursday, Melania Trump released an annoying statement about her former friend, saying Wolkoff was “almost unknown to 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 pushed the statement of the first lady, pointing out that she attended her wedding and often stayed with the first family.
“I was amazed that the First Lady of the United States asked someone she did not know very well to attend her weddings, accompany her for countless lunches, assist the president’s inauguration plan, stay at the White House and Mar- a-Lago, and acted as his senior advisor, ”he said.
He continued: “I wrote this book to share with the public my experience working with Melania, our fifteen year friendship, and her final betrayal. This picture is not all flattering but it is true and worthy. Americans should be honest about the White House residents. “
The 49-year-old former leader Use staff has been friends with Melania Trump for years, lunch with her in Manhattan, and occasionally attended the same social events. Wolkoff was Melania Trump’s first lease to the White House, but was left following reports that her company was paid $ 26 million to help plan the inauguration. According to Wolkoff, the relationship soured after the first lady refused to defend him following inauguration statements.
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced that it was accusing Wolkoff, arguing that he had broken a non-disclosure agreement and failed to submit a draft of his book to the federal government for review prior to publication. Former government officials occasionally submit books to the federal government for screening for classified information, although observers have indicated Wolkoff did not have access to classified information during his tenure at White House.
In recent months, the DOJ has taken a somewhat unusual step of taking legal action against the authors of several former Trump officials who wrote bad books about the current White House.
In June, the department sued former national security adviser John Bolton, who tried to block the release of his book The Room Where It Happened, criticizing Trump’s length, and detailing the president’s attempts to stop aid in Ukraine until the country agrees to investigate the Biden family. The Department of Justice has also tried to replace Trump’s personal lawyers with a defamation suit writer E. Jean Carroll who was recently brought in against Trump, who he accused of raping him in the 1990s.