Former first lady Melania Trump issued a statement Wednesday denouncing a disloyal former aide and one-time friend who secretly recorded her conversations and leaked them to the media.
She also took a shot at the mainstream media for failing to tell the full story about what she said in what were supposed to be private exchanges.
The statement was published on Trump’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) September 21, 2022
The former first lady rarely releases statements responding to the media or otherwise.
But as Breitbart reported Wednesday, her statement came as she is launching a line of personalized Christmas ornaments and Christmas-themed digital art pieces in the form of non-fungible tokens.
According to Fox News, a portion of the proceeds from the products will go to support Trump’s Be Best initiative, which “secures education opportunities and scholarships for children in the foster care community.”
Wednesday’s statement was aimed at dispelling any lingering impressions from Trump’s leaked conversations with Stephanie Wolkoff, a former aide and friend of 15 years who turned on the Trumps and published a book called “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”
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The release of the book in September 2020, and the recordings — played on CNN during a Wolkoff interview with Anderson Cooper in October 2020 — created a pre-election Christmas smear, in which Melania was depicted as viewing the holiday through a cynical political lens.
The recordings of the 2018 conversations were also used to depict Trump as using her White House Christmas preparations as an excuse to avoid the then-raging issue of illegal immigrant children being separated from their parents while in federal custody.
“I’m working like a — my a** off at the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration. But I need to do it, right?” she said on the recording.