MELANIA Trump’s former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has responded to the first lady’s statement that they “hardly knew each other” by claiming that Trump asked her “to attend her nuptials.”
Wolkoff—whose book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady painted an unbecoming image of the first lady—spoke on Saturday, two days after Trump broke her silence on the tell-all.
“I find it puzzling that the First Lady of the United States asked someone she ‘hardly knew’ to attend her nuptials, join her for countless lunches, help plan the presidential inauguration, stay over at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, and act as her senior advisor,” Wolkoff said in a statement first obtained by The Daily Beast.
Wolkoff added that she wrote the book “to share with the public my experience of working with Melania, our fifteen-year friendship, and her ultimate betrayal.”
"This portrait is not all flattering but it’s the truth and Americans deserve the truth about the occupants of the White House,” stated Wolkoff, who was an adviser to Trump.
In a statement posted on the White House’s website on Thursday, Trump said that the “former contractor who advised my office” was “a person who said she ‘made me’ even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency.”
“This is a woman who secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character,” Trump stated about Wolkoff.
Trump continued that Wolkoff’s “memoir” included blaming her for her ailing health from a long ago accident and “for bad news coverage that she brought upon herself and others.”
The first lady dismissed the book as “an attempt to be relevant.”
Wolkoff suffered a herniated spine and had two spinal cord fusion surgeries, Page Six reported in 2017.
Wolkoff’s book, published last month, made claims about the first lady’s icy relationship with first daughter Ivanka Trump, her disdain for some of her official duties and her true beliefs about immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border.
President Donald Trump’s Justice Department sued Wolkoff earlier this week, accusing her of breaking a non-disclosure agreement and failing to submit a draft to the government for review before publication.
The lawsuit stated that Wolkoff had “access to significant confidential information related to the First Lady’s official duties as well as to more private aspects of her role in the First Family.”
Wolkoff was Melania Trump’s first hire, but stopped working with the White House in early 2018 after reports emerged that her company gained $26 million for helping to plan Donald Trump’s inauguration events.
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