Melania Trump's "Harsh Comments" About Ivanka Trump Were Reportedly Caught on Tape
A new memoir from the first lady's former friend and advisor reportedly reveals negative remarks she made (on tape) about her husband and his adult children.
UPDATE 9/2/20 7:45 A.M.: On an episode of Rachel Maddow, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, author of Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, confirmed that she recorded conversations with Melania Trump. “I’ve been accused of taping my friend, as the White House said, and how horrible of a human being I am for doing that," she said.
“And they’re right. If she was my friend, it would be horrible. But Melania and the White House had accused me of criminal activity and publicly shamed and fired me and made me their scapegoat. At that moment in time, that’s when I pressed record. She was no longer my friend and she was willing to let them take me down.”
She also claimed that during her time in the White House "Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails," Winston Wolkoff said.
UPDATE 8/27/20 9:45 A.M.: According to an exclusive report from the Daily Mail, Melania Trump’s alleged comments pertain to Ivanka Trump’s behavior in the White House. “Melania complained that Ivanka was always competing with her for his attention as if she knew better and was more capable of being the First Lady,” a source reportedly connected to Wolkoff’s book told the outlet.
“Melania said Ivanka has not shown her the respect a First Lady deserves and is constantly trying to steal the spotlight by overstepping her boundaries and behaving like her father's most trusted confidant a la The Apprentice,” the source continued. “Behind Ivanka's back, Melania would often grumble to her inner circle that there's only one First Lady and that her husband was the person elected, not his entire family, referring to his kids.”
“There's no warmth between those two,” the source noted.
Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady's chief of staff, reportedly issued a response to reports of Melania's comments regarding her husband and his children. "I've never heard Mrs. Trump say anything disparaging about the family," she said. "I've heard a little bit about this book. I don't know much about it. It sounds like it's just another one of those books that unfortunately people are writing."
"If there were any recordings taken it's really unfortunate to take advantage of somebody's trust like that while being a friend, but I don't know much about the book. We're focused on the work we're doing," Grisham continued.
And the tell-alls keep coming …
Melania Trump’s former friend and senior advisor, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, is releasing a memoir chronicling her relationship with the first lady. According to reporter Yashar Ali, Wolkoff is expected to share negative remarks from Mrs. Trump regarding her husband and his adult children in Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady, which will be available Sept. 1. These comments were allegedly caught on tape.
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While the exact nature of said remarks is unknown, Ali reported that two sources confirmed that the book includes “harsh comments” from the first lady about her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump.
Wolkoff, the former director of special events at Vogue, became friends with Trump in 2003. She helped produce the 2017 inauguration and was appointed advisor to the first lady. According to the memoir’s description, “it all fell apart when [Wolkoff] was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities.”
The book teases answers to the questions the public is most eager to learn: “How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband's affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with "I really don't care, do u?" printed on the back? Is Melania happy being first lady? And what really happened with the inauguration's funding of $107 million?”