Melania Trump tells Michelle Obama she doesn’t need her advice: 'Mrs Trump is a strong, independent woman'

Melania Trump, according to the statement, 'has been navigating her role on her own and when she needs advice on any issue, she seeks it from her professional team'


                            Melania Trump tells Michelle Obama she doesn’t need her advice: 'Mrs Trump is a strong, independent woman'

First Lady Melania Trump responded to former first lady Michelle Obama's jab that she hadn't reached out to her after shifting to the White House, saying that she is a "strong and independent woman" and only seeks advice from her professional team.

Melania Trump released a statement through her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday after Michelle Obama, in an interview, stated that the First Lady had not reached out to her even though she had offered to help.

"Mrs. Trump is a strong and independent woman who has been navigating her role as First Lady in her own way. When she needs advice on any issue, she seeks it from her professional team within the White House," Grisham, in a statement, said. The statement issued by the First Lady appears ironic considering a significant part of her 2016 speech at the Republican Convention appeared to have been borrowed from the former first lady.



 

Michelle Obama, in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, had claimed that the First Lady had not reached out to her ever since moving to the White House in 2017. Michelle revealed the information just days before the release of her memoir called 'Becoming' which is out in stores now.

Reports state that the book is part of a record-breaking deal worth $65 million, which she signed along with her husband former President Barack Obama for their post-White House memoirs. 

When Roberts asked Michelle during the interview if the First Lady had reached out to her since moving into the White House, the former first lady replied with: "No, she hasn't."

Michelle also claimed that she and Melania approached their roles in very different ways. When she was asked if the FLOTUS was doing a good job with her role and set of responsibilities, Michelle said: "You know, one of the things you learn as a former, it's, like, I don't judge, what a current is doin', you know?"

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama walk together following the inauguration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. (Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama walk together following the inauguration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. (Getty Images)

"So I'd prefer not to, you know, speak on what she's doing versus what I did because I think every first lady approaches this job differently," Michelle added.

Michelle Obama, during the interview, also revealed that she did not think her husband could win the 2008 presidential elections because she "didn't think the country was ready."

Barack Obama, in 2004, was already a rising star in the Democratic party when he was asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and by 2008, the Illinois Senator announced his candidacy for president after his dramatic rise to fame. Michelle said that even though she supported his candidacy, she did not actually think that he would win.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

"I think I did what a lot of black folks were doin'. We were afraid to hope because it's hard to believe that the country that oppressed you could one day be led by you, you know?" she told Roberts. "I mean, my grandparents, you know, lived through segregation. My grandfather, his grandfather was a slave, you know? So this, these memories were real. And they didn't think the country was ready. And, and so my attitude was a reflection of that skepticism," she said.