As we discussed last week, there’s a new book out about Melania Trump called The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump. The book “reveals” that Melania stayed in New York for months in 2017 after her husband went to the White House because she was renegotiating her prenup/postnup finances and playing hardball. Melania’s chief of staff issued a statement about the book, saying: “Yet another book about Mrs. Trump with false information and sources. This book belongs in the fiction genre.” Yeah, I don’t know, I think everything about the Trump administration belongs in the Dystopian Apocalypse genre, personally. Anyway, the Washington Post had an even bigger excerpt from the book with additional details, so here we go:
She didn’t believe her husband would win: Other first ladies have found the sudden adjustment difficult as well, and Melania, a careful planner, likes to take her time doing things. No matter how intense the pressure during the campaign, she refused to be hurried. The election night win came as a surprise even to Trump, according to many on his campaign, and little preparation had been done for what came next. Trump had even talked about going to one of his golf courses in Scotland immediately after the election so he didn’t have to watch Hillary Clinton bask in her success. One campaign aide recalled that candidate Trump had “told the pilot [of his private jet], ‘Fuel up the plane.’ ”
She wanted to take her time in New York: Melania wasn’t prepared to move to Washington, either. It did not help that the campaign revelations of Trump’s alleged serial infidelities still stung. She learned many of the reported details along with the entire nation. While she very much wanted Barron to finish his academic year in New York and not be yanked from his friends, staying in New York also bought time to prepare for her new role as first lady. She needed her own staff. Trump’s staff had already pushed back on her desire to focus on online bullying, and there was huge interest in what she might do. And, according to several people close to the Trumps, she was in the midst of negotiations to amend her financial arrangement with Trump — what Melania referred to as “taking care of Barron.”
All of Trump’s wives have renegotiated their deals: Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are as standard as wedding rings in Trump’s marriages. His first wife, Ivana, renegotiated hers three times; Marla, who separated from Trump after four years of marriage, walked away with such a relatively small sum that even a Trump lawyer said he felt she should have gotten more. Trump wrote about prenups and boasted about them and said any rich man who didn’t have one was “a loser.” During the presidential campaign, Melania felt that a lot had changed since she signed her prenup. She had been with him a long time — longer than any other woman. She believed she made crucial contributions to his success. There was talk that Trump likely wouldn’t return to overseeing the Trump Organization after running the country, and Melania wanted to ensure that Barron got his rightful share of inheritance, particularly if Ivanka took the reins of the family business. While she sorted out her plans as first lady and a new school for her son, she also worked on getting her husband to sign a more generous financial deal for her and Barron. It was smart timing.
I actually didn’t realize that Trump’s other wives had renegotiated their arrangements and honestly? It makes sense that Melania was keeping her eye on her own interests and Barron’s interests. I would *almost* admire it, had she not cost American taxpayers $125,000 a day for her New York stay in 2017. The book also details the tricky relationship between Melania and Ivanka – Ivanka assumed the “first lady” role in the early months of the presidency, then Melania pushed her out:
While Melania stayed in New York, Ivanka continued to establish herself in the West Wing, notorious for its cramped and limited working spaces. According to several people, she was eyeing real estate in the East Wing as well, the domain of the first lady. Among other proposals, Ivanka suggested renaming the “First Lady’s Office” the “First Family Office.” Melania did not allow that to happen. It was tradition, and she was not going to let her stepdaughter change it.
…Especially in the first two years of the administration, some in the White House felt that the West Wing was actively putting up roadblocks and purposely not lending support to the first lady’s office. But others believed that it was just an oversight in the chaos. Ivanka is both especially close to her father and spent far more time around him than his other children. Not only did father and daughter work closely at the Trump Organization but she also had played a key role in his campaign, and now was the child with the most active role inside the White House. With Melania away, Ivanka used the private theater, with its plush red seats, and enjoyed other White House perks. Some said she treated the private residence as if it were her own home. Melania did not like it. When she and Barron finally moved in, she put an end to the “revolving door” by enforcing firm boundaries.
The rest of the excerpt is about how much Donald Trump actually values Melania, and how he respects the fact that she’s not playing some angle with him or trying to “get famous” or write a book about him. Melania doesn’t chime in about most of the daily newscycles, but they say that if she doesn’t like a particular staffer, that person is OUT. Blah. Basically, this should end the “Poor Melania” vibe – while she is probably deeply unhappy, she’s also a racist Birther who cosigns nearly everything about her horrible husband’s agenda. And she only gives a sh-t about herself and Barron. And there’s still a Fauxlania somewhere.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.
I hate Melania’s racist birther ass as much as the next right thinking person, but I’m gonna level with you: I chuckled when I read about her checking Ivanka. Of course I always chuckle whenever I hear about someone putting Marie Le Pen Jr. in her place.
Same here lol. I’ve never gotten the impression there’s any love lost between those two and I bet Melania put her in her place in a HURRY when she finally came to DC.
In any other time a Melania vs Ivanka feud would be so entertaining. But given that one supports Donald’s atrocities(Melania) and the other is an active co conspirator in said atrocities(Ivanka) I can’t truly enjoy it.
Is it November yet?
“Marie Le Pen Jr.” Ha! Ha! Perfect.
I meant to say Marine Le Pen but the point still stands
Does Ivanka even spend much time with her own mother now?Nothing wrong with that as she is a grown woman with her own family but those two take daddys girl to a new level.
Hasn’t Ivana moved out of the US? Not that that would stop Nagini from going to see her weekly and billing us for it. Her mother has no power; Nagini craves power.
What is Nagini?
@Noki, Nagini is the snake in the Harry Potter series. Voldemort would take Nagini as his animal form.
The Nagini nickname is great and all, but it would imply that Trump is Voldemort. Which … I can’t see. If anything, he’s Lucius Malfoy – a preening, seemingly threatening and powerful but ultimately powerless puppet of the real evil. And Melania/Narcissa’s only redeeming character trait is her devotion to Barron/Draco. She’s still garbage. Time will tell how Barron turns out, for now he’s still a kid.
I don’t care (about her), do you?
This is total BS – no one would dare put daughter wife in her place.
Daughter-wife has a staff of 27, travels internationally at taxpayer expense every other week when the world isn’t on lockdown, uses the social media of multiple federal agencies to post video of herself, and inserts herself into meetings and conferences with world leaders. Wife has a staff of 6, has made one foreign trip on her own, and disappears completely for months on end. Easy to see who won.
This exactly. But I don’t think Melania cares as long as her finances (Barron’s “future” ) are protected. That’s her bottom line. It’s not like she wants to be in the public eye at all. She does the absolute bare minimum as First Lady.
Someday, hopefully soon, when they are gone and their stink has been aired out of the White House, I hope all the charges leveled against them manage to recoup some money and repay it back to the taxpayers.
Two gorgons fighting over who will reign supreme alpha witch in the White House. Who knew two soulless jerks can cause so much family drama sucking up to an orange thin-skinned tyrant? Anyone know if this Melania book will cover anything else about her life goals other than money grabbing, rich husband hunting, or skirting immigration laws to benefit herself and parents?
I wish this comment section had a “thumbs up” button. I am pushing it virtually
Supreme alpha witch- I love it!
Firm boundaries: My name is Melania and I will remain in NY close to shopping and plastic surgeons. Your name is Ivanka you will follow daddy everywhere be first in his life. 🙂
I feel no sympathy for any of them (Barron excluded) and I hope they eat each other. This is typical palace intrigue and maneuvering for more money and power. Nobody gives a crap about the American people of course
Yeah, I don’t believe that crap with Melanie and Daughter-Wife because, Melanie truly does not care and she is not living at the White House.
While it’s funny to read about the petty battles, it seems the book never addresses the bizarre situation where an adult daughter of an elected leader is involved in the running of government in any way. No one else has ever done this and they need to put in clear rules so that it never happens again. The way these same jackals attacked Hillary for helping on the health care bill when she was First Lady and yet almost total silence over the corrupt nature of Nagini and Real boy being there in any capacity is just disgusting.
Thanks for pointing this out! I’d forgotten about the rabid hatred and horror Hillary got when she tried to care about the health of Americans. Of course, seeing what happens when unelected people worm themselves into our government, I almost agree that she shouldn’t have, no matter that I agreed and still agree with her intentions!
She’s a racist birther but I love knowing she put the kibosh on that awful fembot Ivanka’s creepy attempts at taking the roll as First Lady.
My sustain fro Ivanka is far greater.
Sure but Melania doesn’t live in the White House so it seemed like she tried to throw down on Nagini but Nagini won.
I think Melania is far too racist to live in a house that the Obamas just lived in. I think it kills Trump too. They’re all white supremacists.
She’s super racist, but she hates her husband more.
I don’t give a crap about this book, but it looks like Dump’s niece Mary is writing one that will be very critical of the family as a whole. It will piss him off and I will definitely read that one.
Omg Ivanka trying to rename it “First Family Office” 😂 She is such a grifter.
I’m waiting for the tell-all about Ivana. She’s the influence behind all the kids, and she claims to talk to Trump all the time too. She influences all of them, she’s one of them, and they’re all criminals, so… Town & Country reported that he offered her the ambassadorship to the Czech Republic (she turned it down).
Ivana knows how to play/handle Trump – its long been said the he never wanted to divorce her, they only got divorced when Maples went public with their affair and pregnancy. Its one of the reasons he hates Tiffany.
Ivana and Dump were too peas in a pod – they were quite the power couple.
I wonder if all this cast of thieves is busy meeting with their lawyers as they see this corrupt administration coming to an end. They need to get all their criminal actions listed so that Trump can pardon them. He will make huge use of the pardon power, but I’m still hoping that there will be a way to put Ivanka and Jared in jail.
He can’t pardon away state charges. I think NY State has been chomping at the bit to go after them all.
This evil bitch is every bit as complicit as Trump and all the rest of that criminal family…and my guess is there was no “kidney” surgery, but a complete face lift that took a month out of the public eye to heal.