Melania Trump ‘had little budget as FLOTUS after it was all assigned to Ivanka’
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Melania Trump was left with little budget to hire staff to work with her in her White House office, her former aide and friend has claimed.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, author of the tell-all book Melania and Me, said she had to give up her salary to hire two staff members in order to set up an office in the East Wing.
Speaking on Mooch FM podcast, the 50-year-old former adviser to the ex-First Lady said no one expected Melania to have the ability to do something impactful.
She said: "I walked into the White House on January 22 and had dinner with the Trump family the day after the swearing-in.
"I was so looking forward after we had toured the East Wing so Melania and I to create this bipartisan group of women that were going to really make a difference to the world.
"I believed it was possible, and it was."
Stephanie revealed that after she had a conversation with Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, she added: "I'm realising Melania didn't have a budget and didn't really have any staff.
"It was me interviewing everyone because Ivanka and Jared had used all of the budgets, all of the titles.
"Melania was left with a handful of titles and salaries that wouldn't enable us to hire anyone with any experiences.
"So I gave up the original salary because I needed to hire two other people in order to be there and to help set up the East Wing."
Stephanie, who worked as an unpaid adviser to Melania from January 2017 to February 2018, described the respect for the Office of the First Lady "never existed".
"It was so disheartening because it didn't matter to me whether Melania was there, whether they felt Melania had the ability to do something that was going to be impactful," she explained.
"It was the fact that no one respected that she was the First Lady of the United States of America and the East Wing represented that to me and I held that in high esteem."
In her book Melania and Me, which was published in September, she made multiple claims about Ms Trump, including that funds for former President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 had been misused.
Since then she has been accused of breaching a non-disclosure agreement to write the tell-all tale.
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