Former first lady Melania Trump‘s office put out a statement Friday pushing back on anecdotes found in a number of new books coming out about her husband’s final year in office.
‘How can people believe any of the books discussing Mrs. Trump’s life,’ the tweeted statement read. ‘Stories about her are idle gossip, many of which are misleading, and only some the truth.’
The statement continued by saying that the writers, including reporters from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, have ‘no credibility.’
Former first lady Melania Trump’s office called stories about her ‘idle gossip’ as one new book says she resisted throwing an election night party at the White House due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
The @OfficeofMelania Twitter account put out a rare tweet pushing back on anecdotes coming out from new books on former President Donald Trump’s final year in office
Former President Donald Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right) appear at Joint Base Andrews on his last day in office, January 20, 2021, after skipping President Joe Biden’s inauguration
‘Books are fiction, and readers should be cautious about what they choose to believe,’ it said.
The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender wrote in his new book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, in an excerpt first obtained by DailyMail.com, that Melania Trump tried to stop her husband from having an election night fete at the White House amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Melania Trump told then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ‘no’ three times.
The campaign originally planned to use the Trump International Hotel, just five blocks down the street from the White House, for the big event.
But Washington D.C.’s COVID regulations prevented gatherings of more than 50 people.
And Mayor Muriel Bowser was still angry about Trump’s September Rose Garden event for his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It became known as a ‘superspreader event’ after guests were diagnosed with COVID after it.
Michael C. Bender’s book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, came out July 13
‘We’ll be talking to our licensee, which is the hotel,’ Bowser warned.
Meadows called Melania to say they needed to hold the event at the White House, which was exempt from DC regulations. If they held it at the hotel, they would face fines or other penalties.
‘I’m not comfortable with it,’ she told him. She told Meadows no.
He, in turn, called Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who served as a senior counselor in the White House. Kushner brought it to the president.
Trump called Melania from Air Force One as he flew from a rally in Michigan to one in Wisconsin.
‘This is your night—do what you’re going to do,’ Melania told him, the book reports. ‘You’re going to do it anyway.’
Meadows, Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson all tested positive for COVID after the event.
President Trump and Melania Trump tested positive for COVID in October, as did their son Barron.
Melania, meanwhile, spent Election Day in Florida, where she voted after the Trumps’ changed their legal residency from New York to the Sunshine state.
She had been late to join the campaign trail for her husband, holding her first rally for him in October, months after Jill Biden was a regular on the campaign trail.
President Trump had voted early in the state but Melania opted to do it on Election Day – wearing a $3,200 Gucci dress and carrying a $30,000 Hermes bag to do it.
Melania Trump on Election Day in Florida, going to vote in a $3,200 Gucci dress and carrying a $30,000 Hermes bag
Melania Trump didn’t want to host holiday parties at the White House, where guests posted selfies of themselves, many of them not wearing face masks
Kristi Noem at a White House holiday party; she wanted invites to several and wouldn’t take no for an answer
But even after Trump lost the election, Melania Trump couldn’t stop the round of traditional holiday parties that take place in December. Night after night the White House was packed with guests, many of them not wearing face masks as seen in the selfies they posted to social media.
She did successfully cut the invite lists down from 1,000 or so to around 200, Bender reveals in his book, but writes ‘that just seemed to make the invites all the more desirable.’
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem wanted to attend multiple Christmas parties and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
‘Fine,’ Melania said, according to the book. ‘You know what? If she wants to get Covid that bad, that’s up to her.’
Other Melania-related content in the Bender book included a nugget that Trump would use his wife’s phone to talk to friends during John Kelly’s tenure as chief of staff, as Kelly would listen in on conversations the president was having through the White House’s switchboard.
The @OfficeOfMelania Twitter account has been rarely used since Melania Trump left Washington in January.
Trump, himself, has sent out a barrage of statement pushing back on claims found in the new books.
On Friday he, again, slammed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley, for fearing that Trump could orchestrate a ‘coup’ after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election.
Trump said that if Milley said what was reported he should ‘perhaps be impeached, or court-martialed and tried.’
‘So, there was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened, and it’s just a waste of words by fake writers and a General who didn’t have a clue,’ Trump said.
The day before he criticized Milley for ‘choking like a dog,’ after Milley publicly apologized for being part of Trump’s infamous Bible photo-op in front of St. John’s church, moments after Black Lives Matter protesters were removed from the area using teargas.
Milley, Trump said, was ‘certainly not the type of person I would be talking “coup” with.’