Former First Lady Melania Trump maintained a close relationship with her friend and one-time modeling agent Paolo Zampolli during her husband’s tenure in the White House, compounding the drama that constantly followed the family during her husband’s presidency, Politico reported on Friday.
Zampolli currently serves as Ambassador for the Permanent Mission of Dominica to the United Nations.
Zampolli was not merely Ms. Trump’s talent representative back in the 1990s. Zampolli introduced her to Donald at a party in 1998 at the Kit Kat Club, and during the Trumps’ four-year stint in Washington “was a frequent visitor at the White House and Mar-a-Lago.”
But Zampolli’s coziness with the First Family rapidly became deeply unsettling for political insiders, particularly due to his active social life and association with “questionable folks.”
After relocating to the District of Columbia in October of 2020 – during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – Zampolli threw a rager at his $16 million mansion on Foxhall Road along the mega-wealthy Embassy Row in Northwest DC.
Three people who were in attendance “described the scene at Zampolli’s mansion — featuring a wine cellar, a sauna, a heated pool, a dance floor, and crowds that skewed heavily toward older men and younger women — as too wild for the environs, especially during COVID-19,” Playbook discovered.
Zampolli, however, insisted that his lavish soirées adhered to coronavirus restrictions.
“Every invite said social distancing is available. There’s a lot of room — the house was 14,000 square feet,” he told Playbook. “There were no [other] events, so there was no other place to go. People would come and bring other people. There would be five losers and one good one, and that was the concept. I was generous. I was feeding a lot of freeloaders.”
Zampolli’s closeness with the Trumps continued after the ex-commander in chief was defeated by President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
“Trump’s loss marked the beginning of the end for Zampolli’s stay in Washington. However, that wasn’t immediately apparent. In December, in one of her final acts as First Lady, Melania persuaded her husband to appoint Zampolli to the prestigious Kennedy Center Board,” according to Playbook.
Despite that, one of his partygoers told Politico, Zampolli became “sort of a man without a country after Trump lost.”
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