In a rare public statement since she left the White House, former First Lady Melania Trump published a statement on her social media accounts setting the record straight about her feelings toward the Christmas holiday.
In the post, she acknowledged recordings released by her former aide Stephanie Wolkoff. After leaving her position under Trump, Wolkoff published a book entitled, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”
Wolkoff also played recordings of the former first lady during a CNN interview in October 2020.
“I’m working like a… my a** off at the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff and decoration,” Trump can be heard saying on the recording. “But I need to do it, right?”
“And then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas, planning for the Christmas, and they say, ‘Oh, what about the children, that they were separated?’” Melania continued in the recording, referring to the scrutiny she was under at the time for immigrant children being separated from their families.
“Give me a f***ing break,” she said.
In her recent post, Trump stepped forward to defend herself against what she called a “spitefully edited” recording.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) September 21, 2022
“I will personally set the record straight because the mainstream media has failed to provide context for these misleading exchanges,” she wrote in her post. “Christmas is an important time for me, my family, and the American people, and my devotion to the holiday is personal and profoundly serious.”
“Most people will agree that reuniting migrant children with their parents is more important than discussing Christmas decorations during summertime,” she continued. “The fact that Wolkoff deleted this part of our conversation, where I expressed hope to reunite families split apart at the southern border, exposes her malicious intent.”
The release of the statement coincides with her launch of a series of Christmas ornaments being sold to raise money for children in the foster care system.