Trump aides were furious when ‘that woman’ Melania refused to come to DC to ‘calm’ the president down: book

Trump aides were furious when ‘that woman’ Melania refused to come to DC to ‘calm’ the president down: book
Image via Shutterstock.

According to yet another excerpt from an upcoming book on Melania Trump’s relationship Donald Trump — including the early presidential years — the Washington Post reports that friends and aides of the president were furious that the first lady held out on joining the president at the White House with one Trump pal reportedly exclaiming, “That woman! She will be the end of him.”

It has already been reported that Melania used the need for her to be at her husband’s side in Washington to rework her prenuptial agreement noting: “Melania Trump was angry over reports about Trump’s sexual indiscretions and extramarital affairs, and she wanted time to cool off and “amend her financial agreement with Trump,” wrote Post reporter Mary Jordan in her new book, ‘The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.'”

On Saturday, the Post reported the first lady was desperately needed — and aides close to the president were frantic over her absence.

“While in New York, Melania had new leverage. The vacant first lady’s office annoyed him. He wanted her with him. A few of Trump’s pals were upset with Melania, not only because her decision to remain in Trump Tower fanned rumors they were not getting along. They also wanted her in the White House because when she was around, Trump was calmer. They believed that if she were with him, he would not have been tweeting as often and acting as impulsively,” the report states, before adding, “The opening weeks of his administration were marked by personnel clashes, embarrassing leaks, and a controversial travel ban that caused major protests at airports. Trump held a 75-minute press conference on Feb. 16, repeatedly denying any chaos and saying, ‘this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine,’ and adding, ‘I’m not ranting and raving’.”

According to the report, one of the president’s closest friends, Tom Barrack who chaired the president’s inaugural, finally exploded in a meeting.

“That woman! She will be the end of him,” Barrack was reportedly overheard exclaiming when talking about Melania’s hold-out. “She is stubborn. She should be with her husband. He is the president of the United States.”

The Post goes on to report, “Melania did not like what was being written about her. For years her experience with the media was fielding softball questions from fashion magazines; now, instead of receiving questions about her beauty regime or fashion choices, she was being asked what, as an immigrant, she thought of her husband’s tough border policy. She had little control over the script or photos being published. She told people that no matter what she did, she would be criticized, and that she would do what she wanted. Melania had said that she would stay in New York until the school year ended, and she stood her ground.”

“That didn’t sit well with everyone around Trump,” the report continued. “Barrack, who was in close touch with Trump, began asking Melania’s friends to get involved in ‘domestic issues,’ which to them was interpreted as urging her to ‘lay off the prenup renegotiations’ or, as another put it, ‘get down to Washington.’ Barrack was seen as closer to Trump’s elder daughter Ivanka than to Melania.”

You can read more here.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.