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Melania Trump Claims Long-Time Friend Winston Wolkoff “Hardly Knew Me”

Melania Trump Claims Long-Time Friend Winston Wolkoff “Hardly Knew Me”

Just like her husband does when one of his former confidants gets indicted or turns on him, Melania Trump on Friday tried to distance herself from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former friend whose tell-all book “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady” paints an unflattering portrait of the first lady.

In a tweet from her official U.S. government account, @FLOTUS Melania attempted to take the media to task for what she called focusing on “self-serving individuals and salacious gossip.” She issued a statement attached to the tweet under the umbrella of her nebulous “Be Best” umbrella, which she says is focused on children. But the statement clearly is an attack on Winston Wolkoff, even though she did not mention her by name.

She decried “salacious claims made by a former contractor who advised my office. A person who said she ‘made me’ even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency. 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.”

The woman who “hardly knew” Melania is pictured below with others attending a fashion show with her in New York City May 9, 2006.

(Photo by Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Exactly how much “distortion” of Melania’s character is contained in the book is questionable since Winston Wolkoff released recordings of conversations she had with the first lady in which she mocked Ivanka Trump as a “princess” and bemoaned having to be involved in decorating the White House for Christmas. “Who gives a f— about the Christmas stuff and decorations,” Melania says in one recorded conversation. The audio quality of those recordings is pretty clear and it’s easy to understand what Melania is saying.

Earlier this week Trump had his new personal fixer, aka U.S. Attorney General William Barr, sue Winston Wolkoff for violating a confidentiality agreement the two supposedly had, a claim that seems at odds with the first lady’s contention today that “she hardly knew me.”

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