WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — In a recording released by CNN Thursday, first lady Melania Trump can be heard venting about her time in the White House, at times swearing in exasperation while speaking about Christmas decorations and the fallout over the Trump administration’s border separation of children from their families.
Former assistant Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who recently wrote the book “Melania and Me,” provided the 2018 audio.
“When I first started taping Melania I had already left the White House,” Wolkoff said, adding that she made the recordings after the administration “created a narrative that I wouldn’t follow.”
Melania Trump appears to first complain about feeling the criticism aimed at her and the Trump administration.
“They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like him, I support him. I don’t say enough. I don’t do enough,” she said.
She goes on to vent about being charged with Christmas decorations at the White House in 2018 and being asked about children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border:
“OK and then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas planning for the Christmas. And they said, ‘Oh, what about the children that they were separated?’ Give me a f****** break.”
Melania Trump said she tried to get at least one child reunited with family but she “didn’t have a chance.”
“But here’s my thing. Hear what you just said?” Wolkoff tells Melania. “You were so loved, you were.”
Melania responds that the media would not “do the story” “because they are liberal media.” She can be heard saying that she could get Fox News to do the story, but she did not want to “go to Fox” for the story.
Wolkoff said during an interview with Anderson Cooper that Melania is a true supporter of Trump, and not just playing the role as some have speculated.
“Melania holds her role like no other person in the White House,” Wolkoff said in response to a question about the first lady’s loyalty. “She doesn’t shake in her boots ever and she tells Donald exactly how she feels. She is his biggest cheerleader.”
Wolkoff says she began recording the first lady after the administration had attempted to pin the blame for missing funds in the 2016 Presidential Inaugural Committee on her. Wolkoff says she is now cooperating with investigations into that committee.
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