Melania Trump’s office released a blistering statement attacking a ‘salacious’ report that she didn’t want the job of first lady, saying she is ‘honored’ to fill the role.
The statement followed a report in Vanity Fair that Melania Trump didn’t want the job of being first lady and didn’t ever expect to be in the position she now finds herself in, according to a new in-depth report about her adjustment to her public role.
The story is ”riddled with unnamed sources and false assertions,’ according to the statement issued by the first lady’s office after publication of the story.
The statement aimed directly at the publication that has become known for slashing portrayals of President Trump, calling the report ‘shameful.’
”As has been stated on the record many times before, she is honored by her role,’ said the spokeswoman.
The Slovenian-born first lady has taken a more reserved approach to her undefined role compared to some of her predecessors, carefully selecting her public events and frequently standing by silently alongside her husband as he takes on enemies and confronts the press.
‘This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win,’ one longtime friend of the couple told Vanity Fair.
‘She didn’t want this come hell or high water,’ the friend added. ‘I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.’
If it isn’t a role she coveted, Melania’s urging that her husband decide once and for all whether to run for president in 2014 helped get her there.
‘She was very clearly the one who said, ‘Either run or don’t run,’ said occasional informal Trump advisor Roger Stone. In his telling, she told him: ‘Your friends are tired of this striptease. Every four years you talk about it,’ in an account described as a paraphrase.