Summary List PlacementOn September 1, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff published a book about the “rise and fall” of her friendship with first lady Melania Trump.
In the book, Wolkoff said that Trump believed someone was trying to sabotage her when they let her read a plagiarized speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Trump was accused of plagiarizing a 2008 speech by former first lady Michelle Obama, with several reports pointing out that a number of Trump’s passages appeared to be directly lifted from Obama’s.
Wolkoff said Trump wasn’t embarrassed, but suspicious.
“She was suspicious that the plagiarism had been left in on purpose,” Wolkoff wrote in her book. “Someone in Trump World didn’t want Melania to shine.”
“We talked about who that might be. Who stood to gain by making Melania look bad? Our conversations were guarded, and she kept it light, as always.”
“But it seemed to her, and to me, that the plagiarized speech was like drawing first blood between rivals,” Wolkoff wrote. “Or was it a warning that Melania should stay in the background?”
Source: Business Insider
While promoting her book, Wolkoff told The Washington Post that Trump used a private email account when she first moved to Washington, DC.
“Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails,” Wolkoff told The Post.
It drew comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server during her time as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, which Donald Trump repeatedly criticized during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Wolkoff also told CNN that Trump deliberately wore a controversial jacket to visit detained children at the US border in 2018 to get press attention.
The jacket read “I don’t really care, do u?”
Wolkoff told CNN that she thought the first lady meant to say that she didn’t care what either liberals or conservatives thought about her trip to the border.
“She wanted everyone to know that she went to the border,” Wolkoff said. “She did not feel the press would cover a good deed — she felt the press only wanted to cover something that was damaging to the administration.”
At the time, the first lady’s office released a statement saying there was no message behind the jacket, but Trump herself later admitted to ABC that there was “a kind of message” to the jacket.
Source: CNN, Business Insider
Since then, Wolkoff has released audio of her phone conversations with Trump, in which the first lady complained about having to put up Christmas decorations and being connected to the administration’s immigration policies.
In the conversations, which were recorded in the summer of 2018, Trump is heard complaining about having to balance both planning the White House’s Christmas decorations and blowback from the administration’s migrant child separation policy.
“I’m working … my a– off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?” the first lady is heard saying in the tapes, which were first aired on CNN in October.
“OK, and then I do it …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics