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Melania and Donald Trump's marriage is a transactional business, claims the first lady's former best friend


Melania Trump's former best friend has claimed that the first lady's marriage to President Donald Trump is a "transaction deal" where he gets "arm candy" and she gets security.

“I think it's a transactional marriage. Donald got Arm Candy, ”said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in an interview with the BBC on Friday.

& # 39; Melania has had two dynamic decades. She was a young model, she still had no success. She met Donald, she got married, she became an American citizen, they had a son, and ten years later she's the first lady of the United States, "said Wolkoff.

"I think it was a magical moment, and I also think it was a television moment."

“I think it's a transactional marriage. Donald got Arm Candy, ”said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in an interview with the BBC on Friday

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (seen together on Friday) were married in January 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, where the reception was held in Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (seen together on Friday) were married in January 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, where the reception was held in Mar-a-Lago

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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss were married in January 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, where the reception was held in Mar-a-Lago. It was Trump's third marriage, and the couple have a son, Barron, together.

In the interview, Wolkoff also referred to Melania's appearance on the cover of Vogue in an article about the wedding in February 2005, a big coup for the then professional model.

"The Vogue cover legitimized Melania, as did Donald," said Wolkoff.

Wolkoff reached the interview round to promote her new book Melania And Me, which is # 3 on USA Today's bestseller list this week.

Melania Trump beat up her ex-girlfriend and dismissed her claims as "delusional and malicious gossip" in a tweet that did not mention Wolkoff's name.

In the interview, Wolkoff also referred to Melania's appearance on the cover of Vogue in a post about the wedding in February 2005

In the interview, Wolkoff also referred to Melania's appearance on the cover of Vogue in a post about the wedding in February 2005

The first lady raised her national profile last week as her husband enters the final stage of his re-election campaign. She spoke to the Republican National Convention last month to win President Donald Trump for a second term.

On Thursday, she hosted a "Rest at Work: Celebrating Connections" roundtable at the White House to discuss drug addiction and recovery.

& # 39; The coronavirus pandemic has heightened feelings of loneliness and sadness. For vulnerable populations, the risk of drug abuse has also increased. But the American people are strong and always ready to help one another in times of need. My husband and this government are also committed to ensuring that no one is left behind and that the forgotten man and woman are not forgotten, ”she said.

She has also seen numerous headlines about the release of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's memoir "Melania & Me".

Wolkoff, who worked on Trump's inauguration in the early days of administration and as an unpaid advisor in the east wing, revealed details of the strained relationship between Melania Trump and her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump.

She also revealed that Melania uses a private email account for which President Trump criticized Hillary Clinton during her bitter campaign in 2016.

Melania Trump has pounced on "delusional and malicious gossip" after her former best friend's book was published

Melania Trump has pounced on "delusional and malicious gossip" after her former best friend's book was published

Wolkoff told the Washington Post, "Melania and I neither used White House email."

The first lady reportedly used a Trump Organization private email account and email from a MelaniaTrump.com domain as well as from iMessage.

The news is meant to show how she talks about government attitudes, state visits and plans, the Easter egg roll and her Be Best initiative.

The east wing said Melania Trump followed the requirements of the Presidential Records Act.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's book 'Melania and I: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady' was released on September 1st

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's book 'Melania and I: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady' was released on September 1st

"In consultation with White House ethics officials, the First Lady and her staff have taken steps since the administration began to meet the standard of the Presidential Records Act for the retention of records that adequately document official activities," said Stephanie Grisham , First Lady's chief of staff, said in a statement.

In 2018, the Washington Post reported that Ivanka Trump had sent hundreds of business-of-government emails from a personal email account to White House officials, cabinet members and her assistant.

Ivanka declined to compare with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email, which led to an FBI investigation and inspired the "lock her up" shouting at Donald Trump's 2016 campaign rallies.

The use of personal email is allowed, but it is illegal to discuss classified email.

Wolkoff also admitted to taping her conversations with Melania but defended it, saying she did it for protection.

She told The Post that she started recording Melania in February 2018 until they stopped talking or texting on January 1, 2019.

She said she made the decision the day after the White House terminated her contract out of fear of becoming a "fall person" in the face of tightened scrutiny of opening spending.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff came under fire after details were revealed about the money she received for her role in planning the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2016 - above, how she and Melania Trump at a pre-inaugural dinner in January 2017 Was seen

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff came under fire after details were revealed about the money she received for her role in planning the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2016 – above, how she and Melania Trump at a pre-inaugural dinner in January 2017 Was seen

“I haven't taken in a friend. I would never take a friend, ”Winston Wolkoff told The Post. “But – this is very important – she was no longer my friend when I hit the record.

Wolkoff left the East Wing in February 2018 after the New York Times published an article in February 2018 in which the housewarming cost revealed $ 107 million – twice as much as Barack Obama's first housewarming cost – and Wolkoff's company $ 26 million that Money received.

Most of the money went to Wolkoff, which was responsible for producing the events.

Wolkoff argues that the story was planted by their enemies in the White House and by those who refused to answer where much of the opening money went.

"This is the question everyone should be asking," she told ABC News last week of the $ 107 million it raised.

She said she received $ 480,000 for her three months' work on the inauguration – "a fee of less than half a percent".

Her memoirs describe her 15-year friendship with Melania, whom she met while working at Vogue.

It is the first book on Melania Trump to emerge from her inner circle, and Wolkoff records a disenchantment with the first lady, writing that she thought Melania was different but realized that "A trump is a trump is a trump. The whole time I thought she was one of us. Bat at her core, she is one of them. & # 39;

Ivanka Trump, President Trump and Melania Trump jointly delivered the President's address to the Republican National Convention last week

Ivanka Trump, President Trump and Melania Trump jointly delivered the President's address to the Republican National Convention last week

The 339-page book contains several pieces of gossip, including Revelation Melania laughed during the 2016 campaign after the infamous & # 39; Access Hollywood & # 39; tape came out and Trump revealed that he liked & # 39; at the P **** & # 39; to pack.

Wolkoff claims the first lady also made fun of Michelle Obama's tenure. She reportedly once said, “Did Michelle Obama go to the limit? She never did. Show me the pictures! & # 39;

The book also paints an unflattering portrait of Ivanka Trump, which shows her eager to run the show and claims she tried to take on many of Melania's first-lady duties.

"Ivanka was very focused on Ivanka," writes Wolkoff.

The White House has widely denied what is in the book, arguing that Wolkoff has an "imaginary need for revenge."

"Anyone who secretly records their self-described best friend is, by definition, dishonest," Grisham said in a statement to DailyMail.com last week. “Not only is the book full of falsehoods and paranoia, it's based on an imaginary need for revenge. Wolkoff builds up while belittling and blaming everyone she worked with, and yet she managed to be the victim. Unfortunately, this is a deeply insecure woman whose need to be relevant goes against logic. & # 39;

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