Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who has been friends with Ms Trump for 15 years, has helped organise Donald Trump’s inauguration, it has been reported. Ms Winston Wolkoff was hired as an unpaid aide to the first lady shortly after US President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.
She helped Ms Trump progress into the White House from New York while assisting her with her political portfolio.
In February 2018, Ms Winston Wolkoff had to leave her high-profile position after allegations that her company was paid £20million ($26million) to help organise Trump’s inauguration ceremony in 2017 as well as other events.
At the time, Ms Winston Wolkoff said the company had “retained a total of $1.62m” that was split among employees.
She has since disputed the suggestion that she was fired and said that she was “thrown under the bus”.
Ms Winston Wolkoff went on to assist with federal prosecutors in Manhattan in an inquiry into whether Trump’s 2017 inaugural misspent some of the £85million ($107m) it collected from donations.
The memoir, titled Melania and Me will be released by Gallery Books, an division of Simon & Schuster, on September 1, Vanity Fair reported.
The book will explore Ms Winston Wolkoff’s time “navigating the White House and East Wing”, where first ladies’ working areas are located, while the president’s office is in the West Wing.
It will also describe her “journey from their friendship that started in New York to [Ms Winston Wolkoff’s] role as the First Lady’s trusted advisor to her abrupt and very public departure, to life after Washington”, according to a summary retrieved by the magazine.
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The Daily Beast reported that a Google Books synopsis of the book available online said it would give “a revealing and explosive portrayal of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s 15-year friendship with Melania Trump and observations of the most chaotic White House in history”.
Ms Winston Wolkoff’s book will not be the first to give a first-hand account of the First Lady’s life.
Mary Jordan’s new book, The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, explains how the First Lady arranged her own prenuptial agreement with Donald Trump.
Ms Jordan also described the couple as “loners”, adding that Ms Trump does not mind being away from her husband.
“They have a very unusual relationship, but there is a bond there: they have a deal, right from the beginning,” she wrote.