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Melania Trump ‘lives in an ivory tower of denial’: source


Melania Trump ‘lives in an ivory tower of denial’, said a friend of the former first lady – who was absent as her husband made his first public comments after becoming the first commander-in-chief in history of the United States to be brought to justice. .

After the impeachment, former President Donald Trump delivered a defiant speech at his resort town of Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday in which he thanked his family for their support.

But Melania, 52, was nowhere in sight as Trump denounced charges stemming from payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep quiet about alleged extramarital affairs.

Melania’s former assistant and best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff – who previously revealed the former first lady privately called Daniels “the porn whore” – told Page Six: “Melania lives in an ivory tower in the denial”.

Wolkoff, a former senior Vogue executive who was Melania’s adviser until 2018, said of the former first lady’s absence from the Mar-a-Lago ballroom: “I don’t care. didn’t expect to see her there. His silence is deliberate, it is his weapon of choice and his protective armor.

Melania Trump in sunglasses.
Melania Trump – who was not present for Mar-a-Lago’s speech after her husband’s impeachment – wears her silence like armor, a friend has said.
Melania Trump, wearing a lavender silk shirt and black jacket, sits during an anti-bullying summit in 2018.
Melania’s silence is “her weapon of choice”, a former close friend says, after skipping Donald’s speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday.
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“Of course she knows about Donald’s business, she knows everything. But his silence is his dignity. She will be by her husband’s side, as she always does. I don’t think Melania is humiliated by her adventures, but she is angry.

But that doesn’t mean she’s going anywhere.

“Yet she doesn’t leave him,” Wolkoff added. “It’s a transactional marriage, she knew what she was getting into when she married Donald. Her way to survive is to act like nothing happened.

Melania Trump, riding in an SUV, wearing a green jacket bearing the words "I do not care.  Do you?" in 2018.
The former first lady caught fire in 2018 when she wore a jacket that read, “I really don’t care. Do you?”
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“Privately, Melania says people are just jealous, and she hoped the Stormy Daniels scandal would be swept under the rug. Her way of coping is to never let her feelings come out or affect her. I predict that we will see her again at his side at the next social event at Mar-a-Lago.

Wolkoff added that Melania would go to great lengths to avoid situations where she might be asked by the media about her husband: “Melania thinks she doesn’t have to answer or explain herself to anyone, so she not going to put himself in that position.”

Wolkoff also writes in her tell-all memoir, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” about how “I always knew how inscrutable and unflappable she was, but that’s not that after hearing the tape “Access Hollywood” or on business, I had no idea of ​​his courage.

Donald and Melania Trump posing with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, all in black tie, at the 2011 Met Gala/
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, seen here with the Trumps at the 2011 Met Gala, was Melania’s closest friend and aide until 2018.
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“Few people could bear to have their lives torn apart and all their moments of regret, hatred and humiliation exposed for the world to see and judge. Melania and Donald, a perfect match, could tolerate any amount of ridicule and put it aside. I have always interpreted this as his resignation to an unconventional marriage or household and having no expectations of Donald as a faithful husband or doting father.

Wolkoff and Melania, who met in 2003 in Manhattan, ended their friendship in 2018 following a bitter controversy over the $26 million Wolkoff’s company received to help plan the grand opening. Trump.

Wolkoff insisted she was “thrown under the bus” by the former first lady.

Melania was last seen with her husband last week, when the two were spotted having dinner at Mar-a-Lago shortly after a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict him.

Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records.

Donald Trump shakes hands with his son Don Jr. as other family members look on after his speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday
Trump greeted his family, including his son Don Jr., after his Tuesday speech at Mar-a-Lago.

On Tuesday, Trump delivered his prime-time post-arrest message surrounded by his family, including his sons Don Jr. and Eric Trump, as well as his daughter Tiffany Trump.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were in Wyoming celebrating Passover.

Trump, 76, told about 400 supporters at his residence and club in Palm Beach, Florida, “I have an amazing family and they did a fantastic job and we really appreciate it.

“They’ve been through a lot.

“I have a son here [Don Jr.] who did a great job, another son here [Eric] who did a great job, and Ivanka,” Trump added.

“And Barron will be awesome one day,” the former president continued, mentioning his teenage son with his third wife Melania. “He’s tall and he’s smart.”

A photo of Melania Trump looking serious and wearing a black and white polka dot shirt.
Impenetrable and impenetrable: Melania never reveals anything.
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But the former first lady was not mentioned or singled out for her praise.

Curiously, his father, Viktor Knavs, was present for the speech and sat between the two sons of the former president.

The Post reported that Michael LaRosa, a former spokesperson for first lady Jill Biden, suggested on Twitter that Melania’s absence from her husband’s speech was significant.

“Before Trump appeared in the doorway, I held my breath, waiting to see if the former First Lady would be by his side, shaking his hand and showing him unconditional love and support.” , LaRosa said. “There would have been so much power in that picture.”

A rep for Trump had no comment, and a rep for Melania did not return to page six.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.