After landing on The New York Times best-seller list for her tell-all book about former First Lady Melania Trump called ‘Melania and Me,’ Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has given some revealing interviews. Wolkoff was interviewed on the Mooch FM podcast and said “no one” respected Donald Trump’s wife Melania as the First Lady, according to the Mirror. At one time, Melania Trump had a decent approval rating, but by the time her husband exited the White House, her approval rating was the lowest of any first lady in U.S. history. She never really embraced her role as the first lady, and she did seem very happy about moving to Mar-a-Lago, but she’ll never get the stink of the insurrection off of her.
In her latest interview, Wolkoff revealed that Melania Trump had “no budget” to hire staff as most of it was taken by Ivanka Trump. Wolkoff explained that she was forced to give up her salary so two more staff could be employed to help set up the East Wing for Ivanka and her husband Jared, according to the outlet.
“I’m realizing Melania didn’t have a budget and didn’t really have any staff,” she said, according to the Daily Star. “It was me interviewing everyone because Ivanka and Jared had used all of the budgets, all of the titles.” And that’s odd since Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made up to $120 million between January 1, 2020, and January 20, 2021. It’s not like they can’t afford to pay staff, but I guess some wealthy people feel self-entitled.
“So I gave up the original salary because I needed to hire two other people in order to be there and to help set up the East Wing,” Wolkoff said.
She went on to say that the respect for the Office of the First Lady “never existed”.
“It was so disheartening because it didn’t matter to me whether Melania was there, whether they felt Melania had the ability to do something that was going to be impactful,” she said.
“It was the fact that no one respected that she was the First Lady of the United States of America and the East Wing represented that to me and I held that in high esteem,” she added.
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