Melania Trump is not here for people spreading her business, true or not true. She has launched a fierce attack against her ex-aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Mrs. Trump wants the public to know that Wolkoff was only a “former contractor,” “hardly knew” her, and “clung” to her after her husband lied—I mean won his way into the Oval Office.
Melania says Wolkoff’s book is “idle gossip” and alleges that the author recorded their conversations without her permission or knowledge, and furthermore, they were out of context.
Melania believes the former aid is trying to paint a distorted picture of her character, The Independent reports. “There are plenty of opportunists out there who only care about themselves, and unfortunately seek to self-aggrandize by knowingly taking advantage of my goodwill,” she adds.
Apparently, having COVID-19 for a longer amount of time than her husband gave her the time to do some self-reflecting. She discussed her time as the first lady as the utmost honorable and important role of her life so far.
She also reassured that her effort and time is going into her campaign “Be Best,” which strives to help children, claiming that most of the time, “information that could be helpful to children is lost in the noise of self-serving adults.” Mrs. Trump feels the recent petty claims of Wolkoff and the media’s coverage of what she calls “fabrications” have drowned out her “positive work.”
“I would remind the media that they have the choice of focusing on our next generation,” she says. “As a country, we cannot continue to get lost in the noise of negativity and encourage ambition by those who seek only to promote themselves.”
But if Melania is anything like her troubled husband, the book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, could hold all or some truth. As for the recorded phone calls, which discussed Stormy Daniels, detention centers, and separated children, well—the writing is on the wall there.
It’s possible however that Wolkoff will face some heat for violating the standing non-disclosure agreement. The Department of Justice is requesting that the profits of her book go into a government trust account. Hopefully, Wolkoff’s motive wasn’t profit but more so a good deed that will go unpaid.
There has since been a lawsuit filed in a US District Court in Washington stating that Wolkoff did not follow the policy of submitting her book for review before publishing it. “The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an adviser to the first lady,” the complaint reads.
But the author says she didn’t do anything wrong, in fact, she worked with “First Amendment lawyers the entire time, pre-publishing lawyers, so this was handled extremely carefully,” the author told ABC’s The View in September. “I did not break the NDA.”