Boehner: 'I think Trump promised Melania that he would not win'
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Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE speculated on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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 BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history 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 Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Schwarzenegger tells Trump to 'listen to the first lady' before attacking McCain The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain 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."