In the wake of former President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, departing the White House earlier this year, a number of authors have published accounts of the former first lady’s life as Trump’s wife in the White House.
According to the Washington Examiner, in a rare statement issued by the Office of Melania Trump, the former first lady’s staff warned that most of the books which discuss Melania Trump’s life are “fiction,” written by authors with “no credibility.”
The statement included a warning that “readers should be cautious about what they choose to believe.”
How can people believe any of the books discussing Mrs. Trump’s life? Stories about her are idle gossip, many of which are misleading, and only some the truth. Writers have no credibility. Books are fiction, and readers should be cautious about what they choose to believe.
— Office of Melania Trump (@OfficeofMelania) July 16, 2021
What’s going on?
The official statement failed to address specific authors or books that might have sparked the warning, but several recently published books included gossip-like information regarding Melania Trump’s relationship with the former president in their time in the White House.
One of the instances, which was revealed by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender in his new book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, alleged that Melania Trump was firmly against holding a party at the White House on the night of the 2020 election, citing pandemic concerns.
Bender also included an account in the new book in which he claims the former president would often use Melania Trump’s phone in order to block aides from listening to calls.
Donald Trump fires back
Though the former president was interviewed by Bender and other authors who would go on to publish “inside” accounts of life at the White House, Trump has since denounced virtually all of them.
“It seems to me that meeting with authors of the ridiculous number of books being written about my very successful Administration, or me, is a total waste of time,” Trump said recently in an official statement.
Doubling down, Trump went on to claim that most of the accounts published in such books are inaccurate or outright false.
“These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality,” Trump’s statement read.
Not surprisingly, Bender’s stories from his new book were seized upon by the left-leaning media, who conveniently never bothered to fact-check or verify the accounts, unlike their reaction to anything the former president or his allies write or say on television.