Melania Trump strikes back at former friend who secretly recorded conversations
Two weeks after secret recordings of First Lady Melania Trump came to light in which she was heard in explosive language complaining about decorating the White House for Christmas - and living conditions for those separated from their parents Migrant children described as an improvement From their normal ones, the first lady strikes back.
PHOTO: First Lady Melania Trump attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on July 23, 2020. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images, FILE)
In a letter-style post posted on the White House website, Ms. Trump attacked her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who last month published a memoir entitled "Melania and I" and shared selected recordings of her private conversations with the first lady with CNN. Ms. Trump also berates the media for reviewing her comments, which she does not deny but says that they were "out of context".
PHOTO: First Lady Melania Trump visits an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas on June 21, 2018. (ABC News)
"If the media focuses on selfish people and violent gossip instead of helping our next generation, it needs to be talked about," Trump wrote in a tweet posting the post on the White House website.
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PHOTO: First Lady Melania Trump visits the Christmas decorations with reporters at the White House on November 27, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters, FILE)
In the recordings Trump could be heard complaining about "doing my a ** off with Christmas stuff" and praising the conditions in detention centers for migrant children.
"The kids say, 'Wow, I'll have my own bed? I'll sleep on the bed? I'll have a closet for my clothes?' It's so sad to hear that, but they haven't had it in their own countries, they sleep on the floor, "you can hear Mrs. Trump say on the recording. "They are well looked after there. But you know, yes, they are not with their parents, it's sad. But if they come here alone or with coyotes or illegally, you know you have to do something."
PHOTO: First Lady Melania Trump returns from a trip to Texas on June 21, 2018 to visit facilities that care for children abducted from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border. On her jacket it says, “I really don't care, do I? ”Printed on the back. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images, FILE)
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In the Post, Trump envisions rising above the struggle to "help children," even as she uses the Post to continue the attack on her ex-girlfriend whom she now refers to as "someone to mess with." clinging to me after my husband won the presidency ”and has now published a book full of“ idle gossip that tries to distort my character ”.
"Anyone who focuses on tearing things down for their own benefit, after knowing what I stand for, has lost sight of what we are achieving here and whom we want to serve here. Pushing a personal agenda that seeks to match mine defame." Office and my team's efforts are only taking away from our work to help children, "she writes.
PHOTO: Stephanie Winston Wolkoff leaves Trump Tower on December 5, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images, FILE)
The first lady's office condemned the release of the footage when it first came to light two weeks ago, but this is the first time the first lady, who has just recovered from the coronavirus, has given a direct and elaborate response.
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While the recordings have caught media attention, media attention to their comments was quickly overshadowed when the president announced a few hours after the clips first aired on CNN that both he and the first lady were positive about COVID- 19 had tested.
However, if you choose to respond now in an expanded post criticizing the media watch, the first lady's post will also draw attention to her early comments.
Her post comes days, even days after the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against Winston Wolkoff alleging she breached a nondisclosure agreement the government allegedly signed before she became a senior advisor to the First Lady and seeks to make a profit to pull the book.
Winston Wolkoff's Gallery Books has since responded in a statement endorsing the author and describing the government's lawsuit as a "transparent attempt to use the government as a means to intimidate authors."
ABC's Ben Gittleson and Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.
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