Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan reveals in her new book that the Melania used her delayed arrival to the White House as leverage for renegotiating her prenuptial agreement with her husband.
Melania stayed behind in Trump Tower after her Trump’s inauguration, and at the time she said it was because she didn’t want to interrupt their then-10-year-old son Barron’s school year.
The campaign was loaded with news of Trump’s alleged sexual indiscretions and infidelities, like the Access Hollywood tape,
“grab them by the pussy”
And his his affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.
Jordan writes in The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump that Melania learned the details of her husband’s infidelity from the media coverage,
The incoming first lady needed time to cool off, and
“to amend her financial arrangement with Trump — what Melania referred to as ‘taking care of Barron.’”
Jordan says Melania’s original prenup had not been incredibly generous, but she has been married to Trump longer than both his ex-wives and had bargaining power.
The 286-page book is looks at the rise of the country’s only immigrant first lady since Louisa Adams.
Jordan conducted more than a hundred interviews, with everyone from Melania’s Slovenian schoolmates to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and lays out an argument that Melania is as devoted to her own mythmaking as her husband.
Jordan writes, saying that the #FreeMelania hashtag ought to be retired because of her consistent support of her husband and her moves to stay in the White House,
“Both are avid creators of their own history.
She is … much more like him than it appears.”
The reporting goes back to Melania’s childhood in a small town in Slovenia, then part of Communist Yugoslavia, where her mother was a patternmaker in a children’s clothing factory and her father, who joined the Communist Party at one point, was a chauffeur and repaired cars.
The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump comes out June 16th.
(via The Washington Post)