Melania Trump follows DOJ in going after an ex-friend and political enemy

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to the first lady, at Trump International Hotel in Washington, Jan. 16, 2017.  (Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times) 

Winston Wolkoff wrote that the first lady was selfish and image-obsessed, and depicted her as having a contentious and competitive relationship with her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, and being largely unfazed by her husband’s lewd comments about women and his alleged infidelities with a porn star and Playboy Playmate.

Melania Trump also claims Winston Wolkoff “barely” knew her, even though the first lady recruited her to organize events for President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration and to voluntarily work for her in the White House.

The famously private Melania Trump also apparently trusted Winston Wolkoff enough to drop f-bombs in their conversations and speak openly about her frustrations. She complained about having to decorate the White House at Christmas and the way people criticized her actions over her husband’s child-separation policy. Winston Wolkoff secretly recorded her conversations with the first lady, and quoted her extensively in her book. She also has played portions of the recordings in recent interviews.

With regard to the recordings, Melania Trump said, “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.”

Melania Trump also despaired at the way media outlets have given so much coverage to the revelations in Winston Wolkoff’s book while overlooking her “Be Best” efforts.

“Once again, outlets chose to focus their coverage on pettiness over my positive work,” Melania Trump said. “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.”

In its lawsuit, the Justice Department alleged that Winston Wolkoff violated a nondisclosure agreement she signed when she agreed to volunteer to help the first lady in the White House,

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Three days after U.S. Justice Department filed a complaint against Melania Trump’s ex-friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, for writing an embarrassing tell-all about her, the first lady herself launched a scathing attack, accusing Winston Wolkoff of being “an opportunist” who took advantage of her “good will” to cash in.

Melania Trump tweeted out a statement Friday in which she tries to contrast her “Be Best” initiative to serve the American people and help children with Winston Wolkoff’s “dishonest” actions to advance her “personal agenda.”

When the media chooses to focus on self-serving individuals & salacious gossip instead of work to help our next generation, it needs to be talked about: https://t.co/0VIv1DcG35

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 16, 2020

In “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady,” Winston Wolkoff described herself as a former confidante of the first lady, saying they met when she worked for Vogue magazine, organizing such events as the Met Gala, and the then-Melania Knauss was the little-known model girlfriend of Donald Trump.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to the first lady, at Trump International Hotel in Washington, Jan. 16, 2017.  (Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times) 

Winston Wolkoff wrote that the first lady was selfish and image-obsessed, and depicted her as having a contentious and competitive relationship with her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, and being largely unfazed by her husband’s lewd comments about women and his alleged infidelities with a porn star and Playboy Playmate.

Melania Trump also claims Winston Wolkoff “barely” knew her, even though the first lady recruited her to organize events for President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration and to voluntarily work for her in the White House.

The famously private Melania Trump also apparently trusted Winston Wolkoff enough to drop f-bombs in their conversations and speak openly about her frustrations. She complained about having to decorate the White House at Christmas and the way people criticized her actions over her husband’s child-separation policy. Winston Wolkoff secretly recorded her conversations with the first lady, and quoted her extensively in her book. She also has played portions of the recordings in recent interviews.

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With regard to the recordings, Melania Trump said, “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.”

Melania Trump also despaired at the way media outlets have given so much coverage to the revelations in Winston Wolkoff’s book while overlooking her “Be Best” efforts.

“Once again, outlets chose to focus their coverage on pettiness over my positive work,” Melania Trump said. “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.”

In its lawsuit, the Justice Department alleged that Winston Wolkoff violated a nondisclosure agreement she signed when she agreed to volunteer to help the first lady in the White House, the New York Times reported. The lawsuit said the NDA forbade her from disclosing confidential …read more

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