MELANIA Trump has slammed "dishonest" Stephanie Winston Wolkoff over her book and said the aide made secret tapes to "distort" her character.
The First Lady posted an essay on the official White House website, marking the first time that she has spoken out about the tell-all.
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Despite not mentioning Wolkoff by name, it is assumed that the "book of idle gossip" Trump mentions in the article is referencing the former aide's novel Melania & Me.
Slamming her former friend directly, Melania wrote: "This is a woman who secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character.
"Her "memoir" included blaming me for her ailing health from an accident she had long ago, and for bad news coverage that she brought upon herself and others," Melania slammed.
Page Six reported in 2017 that Wolkoff had a major health scare and underwent two spinal cord fusion surgeries after suffering a herniated spine that caused pain and numbness.
The outlet also reported that she was involved in a car accident before she started at Vogue in 1996.
The First Lady continued: "Never once looking within at her own dishonest behavior and all in an attempt to be relevant. These kinds of people only care about their personal agenda—not about helping others."
Melania also took the opportunity to slam the media for writing about the bombshell book, deeming: "Once again, outlets chose to focus their coverage on pettiness over my positive work."
The comments come just days after it was announced that Donald Trump's Justice Department is suing Wolkoff.
Wolkoff has been accused of breaking a nondisclosure agreement with the DOJ and asking a court to put aside earnings from the book in a government trust.
The agreement, according to the lawsuit, “included no termination date” for its conditions, CNBC reported.
It said Wolkoff had “access to significant confidential information related to the First Lady’s official duties as well as to more private aspects of her role in the First Family.”
Wolkoff allegedly had “indirect access to deliberative information, to which the the First Lady was privy, related to the President’s official duties on behalf of the country.”
The complaint claims Wolkoff failed to submit a draft of her book for government review.
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