Melania plans to divorce Trump once his presidency ends, claims former aide: 'She's counting every minute'
According to a former aide of President Donald Trump, Melania plans to divorce him once he is out of the white house.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, who once worked as the assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison during the Trump administration in January 2017, resigning in the same year in December, claimed in her book 'Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House' that the first couple is on their way to a split after Trump gets out of office.
“If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave him while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her,” Newman wrote. “In my opinion, Melania is counting every minute until he is out of the office and she can divorce him." Apparently, according to her, although the first lady wants to break up with the POTUS, she couldn’t do so while he is still the president because he had threatened to expose the real story behind how she acquired her permanent US citizenship and invalidate it if she leaves him while he is still the leader of the free world.
Stephanie Grisham, the Chief of Staff to the FLOTUS decried Newman's claims in the book by saying that she could not have had any inside information about Melania's relationship with Trump as she “rarely, if ever, interacted” when she was still in the White House. “It’s disappointing that she is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the president,” Stephanie said.
Before the release of her book, Newman released the first of as many as 200 secret tapes she claimed to have recorded during her White House tenure. She has released four tapes as of June 7. The first tape which she released was secretly recorded inside the Situation Room. It was described as "one of the worst White House security breaches ever," despite the fact that it did not violate the Espionage Act.
Meanwhile, in an interview published back when Melania was launching her own jewelry line and Trump was still a business tycoon, she talked about the unusual dynamics of their relationship that made their marriage work despite a 23-year age gap between them.
"Sometimes they say love is hard to find. When you meet the right person everything seems fantastic. We work very hard, both of us. It’s a lot of responsibility for a woman to be married to a man like my husband. I need to be quick, smart and intelligent. My life is very normal — for me. Maybe for some people they would not think that. But for me it is. I know my husband. We have a great relationship. We are both very independent. We know what our roles are and we are happy with them. I think the mistake some people make is they try to change the man they love after they get married. You cannot change a person. You accept the person," she said at the time.
Rumors about a possible storm brewing between Trump and Melania started floating after she was caught on camera flashing a pained grimace when asked by her husband to smile for a photo-op after the first couple visited Saint John Paul II Shrine at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 2, even as country-wide protests raged on following the death of George Floyd in police custody.