Melania Trump called 'Rapunzel' by Secret Service as she rarely left White House
Former first lady Melania Trump was nicknamed "Rapunzel" by the Secret Service because she rarely left "her tower, aka the White House residence," according to a bombshell book by Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary and former chief of staff for the ex-FLOTUS.
According to excerpts from Grisham's explosive 352-page book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House,” which is set to be released in October, Melania mostly stayed in the executive mansion, with her parents or with her son Barron, leading to the Secret Service calling her “Rapunzel,” after the character from the popular fairy tale, whose female protagonist was locked up in a tower.
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Bye! I'm off to my #summmer residence #countryside #weekend pic.twitter.com/3ogDqsRIDN— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) May 29, 2015
Grisham also revealed that Melania's photo albums were almost about one of her 'two children' as she spent a lot of time working on them. The former first lady was dedicated to getting the perfect shots for these albums, the author claimed. This included spending two hours recreating a ribbon cutting for the White House tennis pavilion because she was not entirely happy with shots gotten in the previous attempts. It is also no secret that when the Capitol bilding was being stormed by a pro-Trump mob post-2020 election on January 6, Melania was busy capturing photos of a rug. According to the book, the Secret Service agents looked forward to working with the former first lady and requested to be on her detail as it gave them more time with their families.
We have previously reported that Stephanie has dubbed Melania "the doomed French queen" in the book for refusing to condemn the Capitol riots, following her husband's failed reelection bid for the White House. Grisham reportedly texted Melania during the January 6 attack on the Capitol and asked her: “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?” While preparing for the photoshoot of the rug, then-FLOTUS responded simply with a "No." Grisham resigned in the wake of the insurrection.
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Grisham also touched upon former President Donald Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and how it 'unleashed' Melania to publicly embarrass her husband. During his first State of the Union address, Melania walked arm-in-arm with a handsome military aide hand-selected by Grisham. At the time, Grisham, who was Melania's aide then, said that then-FLOTUS needed help because the Capitol building’s floors were too slippery. “I laughed to myself because I’d seen the woman navigate dirt roads in her heels,” Grisham said.
In another instance, Grisham had drafted a tweet for Melania which requested privacy for her, as she was concentrating on being a mother, wife and first lady. The former first lady, however, reportedly told Grisham to remove the word “wife” from the draft tweet.
Melania's office has dismissed Grisham's reported writings about her former employer in a statement that reads, "The intent behind this book is obvious. It is an attempt to redeem herself after a poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior in the White House. Through mistruth and betrayal, she seeks to gain relevance and money at the expense of Mrs Trump.”