Melania Trump's office says she was 'confident' husband would win election

Melania Trump's office says she was 'confident' husband would win election
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpStatue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia The Memo: Trump gambles on school push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options MORE was "confident" that her husband would win the 2016 presidential election, and, in fact, was "happy when he did," a spokeswoman for the first lady said Wednesday.

Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for the first lady's office, pushed back on the claim in an upcoming book that Melania Trump did not want her husband to win the election and mourned when he did, saying that she encouraged Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE to run for office in the first place.

“The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section," Grisham said in a statement, referring to Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

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

According to an account published in the book, an excerpt of which was published by New York Magazine on Wednesday, when Melania Trump was told on election night that Trump would win the race, she "was in tears – and not of joy."

Trump was widely projected to lose the 2016 election, with many pollsters giving him only marginal chances of winning the race. But he emerged victorious on election night after wins in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.