Melania Trump once boasted that she was ‘driving liberals crazy’ with her infamous ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ jacket, and called Ivanka and her family ‘snakes’, a new bombshell book has claimed.
Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, written by her former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, comes out September 1.
In it, Wolkoff claims the first lady also scoffed at Michelle Obama’s time in office.
She reportedly once said ‘Did Michelle Obama go to the border? She never did. Show me the pictures!’
The book also claims Melania ignored Michelle’s choice to highlight American fashion designers and decided to wear whoever she wanted like Karl Lagerfeld.
Melania also allegedly told Wolkoff she wouldn’t move into the White House until the shower and toilet used by the Obamas in the presidential residence were replaced – claims he new book.
She also painted her office and closet bright pink and added a glam room to the residence to have her hair and make-up done.
Wolkoff claims Melania was tightlipped when it came to her marriage with Donald Trump.
‘Any intimate question about her marriage was deflected by her seamlessly turning the chat back to what was going on with my husband, my kids, and my career, about which she was endlessly fascinated,’ she wrote.
When it came to her husband’s alleged affairs or hush money payments to women in his race for presidency she also remained quiet.
She brushed off his ‘grab ’em by the pussy’ tape recording and the Stormy Daniels settlement with the retort, ‘It’s politics.’
Wolkoff claims she would express her concerns over the years and Melania would curtly reply, ‘I know who I married.’
Wolkoff shed light on Melania’s tense relationship with her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump who she jokingly referred to as ‘Princess’.
Melania allegedly wrote to Wolkoff in a text on Ivanka, ‘You know how they are snakes.’
On Thursday an excerpt of Wolkoff’s book claims Melania launched ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ to assure the first daughter was out of camera frame for inauguration day when Donald Trump was sworn into office.
Melania also didn’t want Ivanka to attend the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the book, so Wolkoff says she left it off her schedule until Ivanka texted to her to ask why it wasn’t there, Wolkoff writes.
Wolkoff says that Melania was outraged when Ivanka and her staff wrote to her about co-hosting several events traditionally hosted by solely the First Lady.
‘Are you kidding me?’ Melania is said to have asked Wolkoff when Ivanka requested to collaborate for International Women’s Day.
‘Seriously? I’m not co-hosting,’ Melania allegedly said.
Ivanka also wanted to help host the annual luncheon held for the governors’ spouses.
‘We need to let her know that I know this is a First Lady event done every year…OMG. They just want to take credit for it,’ Melania said, according to Wolkoff.
Wolkoff writes that, ‘If Ivanka was dressed by a designer, Melania would cross them off her list.’
She said that on one occasion Melania heard Ivanka wore a KaufmanFranco dress for an event and Melania said ‘Forget it’.
The news of ‘Operation Block Ivanka’ broke early Thursday.
Hours later Ivanka introduced Donald Trump before his presidential nomination acceptance speech and walked past Melania. The First Lady was seen smiling at Ivanka before making a sour expression.
Fashion has been a controversial issue for Melania in office.
She sparked a firestorm when she wore an infamous green jacket that said ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ on its back when she toured a detention center holding children who had been separated from their parents at the border.
She is said to have brushed off the backlash saying, ‘I’m driving liberals crazy. You know what? They deserve it.’
Wolkoff wrote that Melania said people ‘connect stuff to my clothes’ when she wears it ‘because I like it’.
‘They all went crazy about the zero-tolerance policy at the border. But they don’t know what’s going on. The kids I met were brought in by coyotes, the bad people who are trafficking, and that’s why the kids were put in shelters. They’re not with their parents, and it’s sad,’ she said on the children detained after crossing the US-Mexico border, at times with their families.
‘But the patrols told me the kids say, “Wow, I get a bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?” It’s more than they have in their own country where they sleep on the floor. They are taking care nicely there,’ Melania added.
Wolkoff writes that while some joked that Melania was trapped in the White House with the Trump family, she was actually a part of the problem.
‘[Melania] told me in her way that she was not part of the solution, she was part of the problem. Not speaking up, and not fighting, against the problem, is being part of the problem, and I learned that the hard way.’
Wolkoff writes: ‘I’m still here. The woman I once considered my close friend is gone.’