When the vote count started filtering in the night of the 2016 US election, the world watched on in shock as the tables unexpectedly turned in favour of Donald Trump.
But no one was as surprised as Melania Trump, who cried in despair, Michael Wolff claims in his explosive new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
In an excerpt published in New York Magazine, Wolff claims that Tump’s bid for the top job was all a ploy to further his brand, and that he and his entire campaign team fully expected for him to become “a martyr to Crooked Hillary”.
As such, his third wife Melania, was completely unprepared for the eventuality of becoming the country’s First Lady and “was in tears — and not of joy.”
The idea was that “Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching,” he says.
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“Losing [the presidential campaign] would work out for everybody. Losing was winning.”
Having run such a controversial and high-profile campaign, Wolff says Trump was considering his own television network and endless “untold opportunities” after his election loss.
Meanwhile his daughter Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, who had both held integral parts in the campaign, could go on to become “international celebrities”.
So Wolff says that while a devastated Melania was in tears on election night, her husband “looked as if he had seen a ghost”.
While Melania’s communications director has denied that the FLOTUS was anything but “confident he [Trump] would win and was very happy when he did”, this isn’t the first time it’s been claimed that Melania didn’t want the job.
“She didn’t want this come hell or high water,” a source was quoted telling Vanity Fair last year.
“I don’t think she thought it was going to happen,” the source said, “It isn’t something he [Trump] ever thought he’d win.”
Those claims were also denied by Melania’s people at the time, but they haven’t seemed to shake the persistent rumours that the 47-year-old is unhappy in the White House.* Before Melania: Donald Trump's ex-wives examined
Just a couple of months ago, speculation was rife that the First Lady had abandoned her post and been replaced by a body double.
Meanwhile, video of Melania swatting away her husband’s hand and her smile turning to a scowl the moment he looks away from her, have made headlines around the world.
However, when someone claimed that Melania was deeply unhappy in her marriage and job, and was only staying for the sake of her son Barron, she hit back with fire and fury.
“I haven’t talked to her [Melania] in months, but if my gut is right, I don’t think she’s going to put up with it much longer,” TV host Mika Brzezinski said in July.
“I know nothing. That’s just my instinct and I go with my gut and my gut’s always right.”
In a statement, Melania replied, “It is sad when people try to further their own agenda by commenting on me and my family, especially when they don't know me.”
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