What Melania wants, Melania gets.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former senior adviser to the first lady, chronicles her falling out with Melania Trump in her book titled:“Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady”. This is Stephanie’s first book and is set for release Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
The book stands out from other previously published books about Trump and his family like “Too Much and Never Enough” and “The Room Where it Happened” in that it will reveal a much closer look at Mrs. Trump. The First Lady has largely been out of view and known for being aloof to the public eye; Wolkoff will give readers a first hand account of personal and quoted conversations between the two from phone calls, meetings, emails and even text messages. Those that have got an early glimpse of the book found that Melania loves to use lots of emojis in her text communications.
The reportedly contentious relationship between Melania and Ivanka Trump plays a major role throughout the book. Ivanka is jokingly referred to as a “Princess”. Wolkoff describes in her book that the pair launched “Operation Block Ivanka” which was meant to halt off any attention and make sure Ivanka was out of frame from any photographs taken during the inauguration ceremony. The tension between the two could perhaps even be seen on the last day of the Republican National Convention, when Melania’s face is noticeable changed as Ivanka walks passed her.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Melania Trump had a history before their time in the White House together and formed a friendship that lasted nearly 15 years. Yet working as the FLOTUS advisor only lasted a short 14 months and quickly put an end to both working and their personal friendship. In her book she writes, “The woman I once considered my close friend is gone.” She was abruptly fired in 2019 (even though she was an unpaid advisor) due to controversy over alleged corruption in planning and spending on the inauguration ceremony.
When asked to comment about the book, according to Politico, Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady’s chief of staff said in a statement:
“This book is not only wildly self-aggrandizing, it’s just not truthful. It is an exercise in bizarre twisting of the truth and misguided blame for the sake of self-pity. It’s unfortunate and concerning that she’s overstated their friendship and her very brief role in the White House to this degree.”Statement from First Lady Spokeswoman – Stephanie Grisham
Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady
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The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage.
After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inauguration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame.
The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff. In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand. How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas…
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