Former high adviser and friend of Melania Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, accuses the first lady of exchanging professional information, in connection with the White House, through personal and insecure email addresses.
In interview given to Washington Post, the former advisor, who has just published a book on her relationship with the First Lady of the United States, Melania and Me : The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady (“Melania and I: the rise and fall of my friendship with the first lady”), states: “We never used White House email addresses. “
Instead, they “Corresponded several times a day” through a Trump company email account or another under the domain name MelaniaTrump.com.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff also specifies that among their exchanges included discussions about hiring and contracts within the White House, strategic partnerships or even detailed schedules of the presidential couple during their visits to Israel and Japan.
Trump administration already pinned down
Melania Trump thus finds herself at the heart of accusations similar to those which thwarted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Donald Trump made it his massive argument against the Democratic candidate, then under federal investigation for having used a personal electronic mail server, and not secure, for exchanges concerning affairs of state, when she was directing American diplomacy.
A case that the current President of the United States had even described as “Biggest scandal since Watergate”, at a campaign rally in Iowa. « Lock her up » (“Lock her up”) was chanted at the time in most of his electoral rallies.
This is not the first such event in the Trump administration. In 2018, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, had also been pinned for doing internal business through his personal messaging. At the time, the president’s advisor defended herself by saying she was not aware of the details of the federal rules.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff does not mention the email exchanges in the memoirs she just published on Tuesday 1is September, ensuring “To have enough things” to write. Melania and Me was Tuesday 4e in the Amazon bestseller ranking, just behind a book expected on September 8, by Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer.