MELANIA Trump’s ex-BFF says the Trump family is tainted by “deceit” and "deception” – and said she’s working with federal investigators to dig into the first family’s dealings.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff recently spoke to ABC News about her friendship with Melania as she’s set to release a tell-all memoir about their relationship on Tuesday.
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Wolkoff met Melania, then Knauss, in 2003 and after coordinating President Donald Trump’s inauguration, worked as an unpaid aide in the East Wing of the White House.
She was later let go in February 2018 by Melania, whom she says she “gave up everything” for.
When Trump was elected president in 2016, Wolkoff was brought on to help “produce” his inauguration, which reportedly led to her company making millions off the event.
Wolkoff told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview that aired on Monday that she "begged" Melania to make it publicly clear that she personally didn’t make close to $26million off the 2017 inauguration.
She said she also asked that Melania make clear the first lady had known about the costs going into the inauguration.
She said $26million was the total fee that was paid to a company Wolkoff created with two others to plan the event, and said $1.62million of that was paid to Wolkoff’s personal firm.
The former BFF to the first lady said that following "three months of work – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – working on the presidential inauguration," she "made" $480,000
Wolkoff told ABC that “when the time came for her to come and speak the truth about a friend who left everything behind to help her, she turned her back on me … stabbed me in the back.”
She claims that White House officials told Melania not to speak out about Wolkoff because "there were going to be possible investigations into the presidential inauguration financing."
Wolkoff said she’s “working with three different prosecutors, and it's taken over my life," as they investigate whether any financial crimes were committed in relation to the inauguration.
She said she began to question the inaugural committee’s expenses "when I saw that a tree you could buy for $10 was $1,000, or a stage that would cost $100,000 was $1million."
"There were a lot of different people involved," she said.
"It was amateur hour then, and it's amateur hour now, and I think it's really frightening for our country," Wolkoff said.
"Everyone does need to know what … this presidency is doing and what this propaganda machine behind this man at the White House is doing," she added.
She said of her friendship with Melania: "We shared a lot over 15 years.”
But Wolkoff now describes the Trump White House as a place ride with "palace intrigue" and "filled with friction, suspicion, deceit, deception."
She also revealed to ABC that when the infamous Access Hollywood tape was released in 2016 – that included Trump saying he grabs women by the p***y – that Melania apparently laughed.
She said she expected to find Melania “in tears.”
But instead, she said, Melania “was radiant, she was smiling,” and added: “It was as if nothing happened."
"I said to her, 'How many times have you heard the words 'p***y' and 'president' in the same sentence?' And we burst out laughing," she said.
“Then I said, ‘Are you upset and doesn't it get you angry?’ and Melania is a pragmatist. ‘Melania, if you can't control people's emotions, then why even worry about it,’” she said.
“And that's how she lived her life and that is what she stood by every day,” adding Melania “exudes” so much confidence each day and she “gives you that confidence.”
"She knows who she married,” Wolkoff said of Melania. She knew what she was getting into, and so did he."
Wolkoff’s book claims she has recordings of Melania slamming her husband and the first family, but on Monday, told ABC she was “not going to comment on whether there's audio or not.”
However, she insisted: "I can back up everything that's in the book 100 percent … and Donald and Melania know that."
Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s chief of staff, said Wolkoff’s book is "clearly based on some imagined need for revenge."
"[She] builds herself up while belittling and blaming everyone she worked with, yet she still managed to play the victim," Grisham said in a statement obtained by ABC.
Wolkoff’s book is set to be released on Tuesday.
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