New Book: ‘Melania Was In Tears, Not Of Joy’ When Trump Won
First Lady Melania Trump burst into tears after learning that her husband Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, according to a new book.
The Guardian notes that Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” includes “more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration.”
An excerpt from the book published in New York Magazine describes Melania’s alleged heartbreak:
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy.
Wolff also wrote that Trump hoped to turn his expected election loss into greater personal fame and riches, but that all changed thanks to some key swing states:
There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump.
But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.
Wolff also wrote that Kellyanne Conway thought Trump would lose and was actively working the phones to find a new job:
She had spent a good part of the day calling friends and allies in the political world and blaming Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Now she briefed some of the television producers and anchors whom she had been carefully courting since joining the Trump campaign — and with whom she had been actively interviewing in the last few weeks, hoping to land a permanent on-air job after the election.
The book also includes former Trump senior political strategist Steve Bannon slamming Trumps’ son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.