Boehner: 'I think Trump promised Melania that he would not win'
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Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE speculated on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE assured his wife Melania he would not win the 2016 presidential election and that she would not have to live in the White House.

"I think Donald Trump promised Melania that he would not win. She didn't have to worry about ever living in the White House," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE said at the Mackinac Policy Conference in Michigan. 

"That's probably why she doesn't look real happy every day," he added. "Well, maybe one reason."

New York media writer Michael Wolff claimed in his bestselling book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" that Trump himself never expected to win the presidential election. 

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In his book, Wolff also wrote that Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept MORE was in tears when her husband won the presidency, but not tears of joy. The first lady's office later denied that claim, saying that she had always been confident her husband would emerge victorious.

"This book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement in January.

"Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did."