Former First Lady Melania Trump slammed a CNN report that claims she is “bitter and chilly” towards her husband, former President Donald Trump in the last few weeks after the Capitol riots, saying the network is publishing “false gossip” regarding a private citizen shows the “media’s unhealthy obsession” towards her.
“Mrs Trump is no longer First Lady. She is a private citizen, mother, & wife. Sources in this article are not affiliated [with] her nor have insight into her thoughts or daily life,” the Office of Melania Trump tweeted in response to the CNN article.
“CNN’s FLOTUS Correspondent choosing to publish false gossip illustrates the media’s unhealthy obsession,” the office added.
CNN in the article published last Friday reports as Trump is watching his second trial unfold during the week, Melania is spending her time “at the spa and staying out of the fray.”
“She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again), and has dinner with Donald on the patio,” said one person familiar with Melania Trump’s schedule at Mar-a-Lago, her home in Palm Beach, Florida. “Rinse and repeat. Every day.”
According to multiple sources who spoke to CNN’s Kate Bennett, Melania is “disappointed” by the way she left Washington, and has been “bitter and chilly” at times toward Trump. The report claims that the former First Lady blamed her husband for her deteriorated image among the public following the attacks on the Capitol.
“She could see how it was going to go for her,” one former White House official reportedly told CNN while discussing her delayed reaction following the 6 January attack on the Capitol.
“She could see how it was going to be for her,” a former White House official told CNN. “Once the insurrection happened, she knew there was nothing to gain by her speaking out or doing something — so she didn’t do anything.”
The former first lady released a statement five days after the Capitol riots, saying she is “disappointed and disheartened,” while “absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred” on the U.S. Capitol.
“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week,” Melania said in a 600-word statement posted on the White House website and shared on her First Lady Twitter account.
“Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable,” she added.
However, CNN focused on the paragraph in the statement where Melania defended herself against “salacious gossip” and “unwarranted personal attacks,” possibly referring without offering explanation a CNN report that claims at the time of the Capitol riots, she ignored what was occurring outside from through the White House window as she was busy overseeing a furniture photoshoot.
“I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain,” Melania wrote.
She is also furious at the amount of positive media attention the Bidens are receiving in less than a month since taking office.
Jill Biden has held at least seven events or speaking engagements since becoming first lady, on topics including military families, cancer prevention, health care, community college education, and support for teachers. Within moments of entering the White House as First Lady, Jill has done an interview with People magazine, gracing the cover with her husband, and was featured in Parents magazine. The Bidens has also appeared in a televised message that aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Melania in the four years as First Lady was never interviewed by a national publication. The CNN reporter claims based on two sources that Melania was presented with the opportunity to do national publication and was asked for participation but turned them all down.
The CNN reporter cited Melania’s former best friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a salacious book last fall and served as her senior adviser before the relationship went south that it was Melania who was “fiercely private” was not interested in allowing the American public or the world get “to know her.”
“Melania intentionally didn’t do press as a defense mechanism,” Wolkoff told the CNN reporter. “She and I would always discuss this reasoning and that’s why everything was choreographed or emailed, or be ‘approved’ quotes or statements that I would often write.”
Now, sources tell CNN that Melania is “second-guessing” the times she turned down magazine offers, and is blaming former staff for the lack of not organizing properly “more media opportunities and policy events had her staff been more accommodating to her needs.”
“That seems unfair, but typical to blame everyone else,” said someone familiar with Trump’s thinking during her White House years. “Everyone knows Melania Trump does what she wants when she wants, and not one staffer on her team could have done anything to change that.”