Melania Trump has proven to be a rather enigmatic First Lady, offering few details about her childhood or her life before Donald Trump and the White House. A new tell-all book exposes some of what Melania is like behind the scenes and it’s written by a first-hand insider, her former friend and advisor, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
The new book by Melania Trump’s close friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is remarkable in that she has receipts and she prints them. And those receipts show that Melania, a silent vessel onto which we’ve projected so much, is so deeply Trumpian https://t.co/RB7oHKdKNl
— Emily Jane Fox (@emilyjanefox) August 28, 2020
Wilson Wolkoff’s book Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady is set to be released on Tuesday, September 1, but details have leaked about some of the juicier details. One of the most interesting is the ongoing dislike between the First Lady and her husband’s oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.
According to POLITICO:
‘Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s new book “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” reveals that Melania wanted to block Ivanka’s face from appearing in photos of Donald Trump taking the oath of office, in a maneuver dubbed “Operation Block Ivanka.” (The operation was mostly successful.)’
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) August 28, 2020
Melania also seems to be resentful of her predecessor, Michelle Obama. She reportedly wanted to stay behind in New York after Trump’s inauguration until the bathroom Obama had used could be remodeled, saying she didn’t want to use the same one. She also chose her own slogan for her initiative against cyber bullying, wanting to be sure to distinguish herself from Obama after accusations that she plagiarized one of her speeches at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
‘The initiative eventually became “Be Best,” which Melania came up with herself, although Winston Wolkoff told her that the “phrase sounded illiterate” and should instead be “Be the Best” or “Be Your Best.” “No,” Winston Wolkoff writes. “Melania, lover of Sharpies, drew the two-word logo with block letters and said, ‘I drew it myself, so no one say I plagiarized it,” a likely reference to how Melania’s 2016 convention speech had plagiarized some of what Michelle Obama had said at a previous Democratic convention.’
>> Donald Trump wanted his inauguration to look like a North Korean military parade. When discussing the parade with Winston Wolkoff and Ivanka during the transition, Trump said: “I want tanks and choppers. Make it look like North Korea,” he told them. <<https://t.co/eGVEGEd5ID
— Sudeep Reddy (@Reddy) August 29, 2020
Many of the details will confirm what was already assumed about the Trumps, including the lack of affection or romance between the president and First Lady. Apparently, they don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day or birthdays together and rarely express any affection toward one another at all. Some of Trump’s actions as president, including his desire to have a full Kim Jong Un parade, give more details of life behind the scenes at the White House.
‘Donald Trump wanted his inauguration to look like a North Korean military parade. When discussing the parade with Winston Wolkoff and Ivanka during the transition, Trump said: “I want tanks and choppers. Make it look like North Korea,” he told them. Winston Wolkoff wrote: “He really wanted goose-stepping troops and armored tanks? That would break tradition and terrify half the country.” For the inauguration, Mark Burnett, the creator of “The Apprentice,” the television show which paved the way for Trump’s popularity, also wanted to “light the sky with drones, and Donald and Melania loved the idea.”’
Ivanka just walked right past her without even acknowledging her. Here’s the Inaugural video. I swear he says “not you” to Melania. pic.twitter.com/0BKrTiRcgT
— The Walking Dead HQ (@twd__hq) August 28, 2020