The Londoner: Melania won’t leave Trump —they have banter, says ex-adviser

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff & Melania Trump (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff & Melania Trump (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)

Melania Trump’s former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff said there’s “no way” Melania Trump will leave US President Donald Trump because they have “banter” together, as Melania reportedly plans a memoir.

Winston Wolkoff added that she will release “mind-blowing” recordings of her conversations with Melania if her book is not truthful. Winston Wolkoff helped plan Mr Trump’s inauguration events but left the White House in 2018 and wrote a tell-all memoir Melania & Me, released this year, after controversies over spending.

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“I am curious to see if she’s truthful or not because if I have to come out and protect myself I will,” she said.

On the First Lady’s post-office plans, Winston Wolkoff says: “She envisions herself in the south of France on a big yacht.” But she believes Melania will stay with Trump: “In privacy and around the dining table they have a banter.”

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