President Donald Trump is “vindictive” enough to find a way to deport his wife, First Lady Melania, back to her native Slovenia if she ever got on his bad side, claims former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in her just published book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
“Since Donald is fully aware of however she acquired her permanent citizenship, he could, if there were anything fishy around it, expose the methods and somehow invalidate it,” wrote Manigault Newman. “He is a vindictive man, and I would not put anything past him.”
“If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave him while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her,” she continues. “This is a man who has said he could pardon himself from the Mueller investigation. Why not pardon himself over an alleged visa payoff? In my opinion, Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him.”
Melania Trump has been in the United States since 1996, and gained residency with an Einstein (EB-1) visa, which is typically reserved for individuals who possess “extraordinary ability” and does not require an applicant to have an employer or family sponsor. For years, rumors that her husband “pulled some strings” to expedite the process have persisted. Several immigration lawyers have responded to these rumors, saying that requirements for the EB-1 immigrant visa are more lax than they might appear on the surface, and that adjudication officers make their own “judgment calls” on EB-1 cases.
Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for Mrs. Trump, scoffed at Manigault Newman’s claims, saying, “Mrs. Trump rarely, if ever, interacted with Omarosa. It’s disappointing to her that she is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the President.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also weighed in, saying that Manigault Newman is little more than a “disgruntled former White House employee” who “is trying to profit off these false attacks.”
Manigault Newman, a former contestant on President Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice, has been the target of much of the president’s ire over the last week. Significant controversy has followed her decision to reveal a recording she made in the Situation Room in which White House chief of staff John Kelly can be heard firing her, and her allegations that there are recordings of Trump using racial slurs on the set of The Apprentice incited national commentary on the president’s history of racially inflammatory comments, particularly after he referred to her as a “dog” in a response on Twitter.
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
The president’s insults have only helped catapult Unhinged to the (near) top of the bestsellers lists. Manigault Newman has said the president has tried to buy her silence, a claim which appears to hold water now that she’s released a recording in which Lara Trump, the wife of the president’s son, Eric Trump, can be heard offering her a $15,000 a month position with the Trump re-election campaign on the condition that she sign a confidentiality agreement different than the one the Trump administration says she signed in 2016, which the release of her book apparently violates.