Melania Trump’s former best friend said she and the first lady laughed during the 2016 campaign after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape came out a few weeks before the 2016 election which caught Donald Trump on a hot mic bragging about sexually assaulting women.
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said in the 2005 recording released by The Washington Post in October 2016. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The tape nearly upended his presidential bid and caused many Republicans to withdraw their endorsement of Trump. Trump offered a rare apology for the comments.
“The day that the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape came out she reached out to have lunch. Now, if any other human being or any other one of my friends I would have expected to see them in tears, right? She was smiling. It was as if nothing happened,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ ahead of the Tuesday release of her memoir ‘Melania & Me’.
“I said to her, how many times have you heard the word P**** and president in the same sentence and we burst out laughing. Then I said are you upset and doesn’t it get you angry and Melania is a pragmatist. Melania, if you can’t control people’s emotions, then why even worry about it. And that’s how she lived her life and that is what she stood by every day,” she added.
Wolkoff’s memoir reveals the rivalry and in-fighting between Melania Trump and her step-daughter Ivanka Trump. It also reveals Melania once described Ivanka Trump and family members working in the White House as a bunch of ‘snakes.’
“Ivanka turned into the princess who wanted to be queen,” Wolkoff told ABC News.
Wolkoff confirmed reports that she secretly recorded conversations with Melania Trump to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night.