The book "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady" by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is viewed on display at a Barnes & Noble bookstore on 5th Avenue in New York City on September 1, 2020.
US First Lady Melania Trump addresses the B'More Youth Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 26, 2019. A person who said she "made me" even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency.
The first lady's friend left the White House in 2018 after reports claimed that her company had been paid nearly $26 million for her work on Trump's inauguration.
"We all know that more often than not, information that could be helpful to children is lost in the noise made by self-serving adults", the first lady said in a blog post.
Melania Trump slammed Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in a scathing essay, calling her ex-friend's tell-all nothing but "salacious claims" and 'idle gossip'. "This portrait is not all flattering but it's the truth and Americans deserve the truth about the occupants of the White House".
The 49-year-old former top Vogue staffer was friends with Melania Trump for years, lunching with her in Manhattan, and occasionally attending the same social events.
Exactly how much "distortion" of Melania's character is contained in the book is questionable since Winston Wolkoff released recordings of conversations she had with the first lady in which she mocked Ivanka Trump as a "princess" and bemoaned having to be involved in decorating the White House for Christmas. Winston Wolkoff even planned the January 2017 inauguration ceremony, and served as an unofficial advisor to the First Lady.
In recent months, the DOJ has taken the somewhat unusual step of taking legal action against the authors of several former Trump officials who have written unflattering books about the current White House.
In June, the department sued former national security advisor John Bolton, attempting to block the release of his book The Room Where It Happened, which criticized Trump at length, and detailed the president's attempts to halt aid to Ukraine until the country agreed to investigate the Biden family. The Justice Department has also attempted to replace Trump's personal lawyers in a defamation suit writer E. Jean Carroll recently brought against Trump, who she accused of raping her in the 1990s.