Melania Trump’s estranged close friend, who wrote a revealing book, rejected criticism that she barely knew the first lady.
Earlier this year, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote the internal book Melania and me: the rise and fall of my friendship with the First Lady, what revealed Trump’s beliefs about the children of immigrants separated from their parents at the border, their icy relationship with Ivanka Trump and their disdain for some ceremonial duties of the first lady.
On Thursday, Melania Trump released a scathing statement about her former friend, saying 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 rejected the first lady’s claim, pointing out that she attended the wedding and often stayed with the first family.
“I find it intriguing that the first lady of the United States asked someone she ‘barely knew’ to attend her nuptials, accompany her on numerous lunches, help plan the presidential inauguration, stay at the White House and in Mar-a- Lago, and act as your senior consultant, ”she said.
She continued: “I wrote this book to share with the public my experience of working with Melania, our fifteen-year friendship and her final betrayal. This portrait is not entirely flattering, but it is the truth and Americans deserve the truth about the White House occupants. “
The 49-year-old ex-top Vogue the employee had been friends with Melania Trump for years, having lunch with her in Manhattan, and occasionally participating in the same social events. Wolkoff was Melania Trump’s first hiring at the White House, but left after reports that her company received $ 26 million to help plan the grand opening. According to Wolkoff, the relationship went sour after the first lady refused to defend her after the revelations of possession.
Earlier this week, the Justice Department announced that it was suing Wolkoff, arguing that it broke a non-disclosure agreement and did not send a draft of its book to the federal government for review before publication. Former government officials occasionally send books to the federal government for screening confidential information, although observers pointed out that Wolkoff did not have access to confidential information during his time at the White House.
In the past few months, the DOJ has taken a somewhat unusual step in initiating legal action against the authors of several former Trump officials who have written unflattering books about 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 criticized Trump at length and detailed the president’s attempts to suspend aid to Ukraine until the country awake to investigate the Biden family. The Justice Department also tried to replace Trump’s personal lawyers in a libel case that writer E. Jean Carroll recently filed against Trump, which she accused of raping her in the 1990s.