Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE plays an “unbelievably influential” role in the White House despite staying relatively silent on most issues, according to an excerpt from the upcoming book, “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” published by the Washington Post. 

The excerpt from the book paints the first lady as a planner, assertive but ultimately tight-lipped in the building's East Wing. 

“Melania is very behind-the-scenes but unbelievably influential,” Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College Juan Williams: Trump's base begins to crack Bolton denies saying he will back Biden over Trump in November MORE, the president’s first White House press secretary, told author Mary Jordan.  


“She is not one to go in and say, ‘Hire this person, fire this person.’ But she lets the president know what she thinks, and he takes her views very seriously,” he said, adding that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE “tends to agree with her.”

Jordan writes that Melania Trump did not initially welcome the title of first lady, and she struggled to adjust to life in the public spotlight and the widespread criticism her husband continues to receive. 

The book also noted the first lady learned about her husband’s alleged infidelities and inappropriate conduct towards women as it was coming up in the national discourse throughout the campaign and later on in the White House. 

Reports surfaced earlier in Trump's presidency that he had an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels right after his son with Melania, Barron Trump, was born. 

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal also claims that she had a relationship with Donald Trump that lasted for several months in 2006.


The president has denied both affairs. 

In addition, in the months leading up to the showdown between then-candidate Trump and former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden MORE, an "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced in which the president could be heard telling host Billy Bush that he could grab women by their genitals. 

Melania Trump has publicly shrugged off allegations of extra-marital affairs during an interview with ABC News. She remarked at the time that people can speculate, but that she has much more important things to do, like being a wife and a mother. 

“At the core, I think she’s a private person who’s spent a lot of time adjusting to public life,” one campaign ally and family friend told Jordan. 

The book also alleges that Melania Trump, who stayed in New York City in the months following President Trump’s inauguration, was pressured to move to Washington to calm the president by people who thought “he would not have been tweeting as often and acting as impulsively” if she were there. 


“That woman! She will be the end of him,” Thomas Barrack, Trump’s friend who chaired his inaugural, was overheard saying at a meeting talking about Melania Trump remaining in New York, according to Jordan. 

“She is stubborn. She should be with her husband. He is the president of the United States,” he reportedly said. 

Sources told Jordan that Melania Trump was in the process of negotiating her financial agreement with Trump when he first entered office. Jordan claims that the first lady was using the time apart from the president in New York City as leverage to renegotiate more favorable terms for her prenuptial agreement.

The author notes that prenuptial and postnuptial agreements were common among Trump’s past wives as well. 

Melania Trump reportedly felt she contributed to President Trump’s success and was therefore entitled to more of his wealth. She was also concerned about Barron being eligible for a fair share of the Trump Organization once the president retires. 

Former White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump posts video of herself wearing mask during stop at women's center Melania Trump's spokeswoman slams 'inappropriate and insensitive comments' about Barron Trump Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book MORE rebuked the claims in made in the excerpt, but did not address any of the claims specifically. 

"Yet another book about Mrs. Trump with false information and sources. This book belongs in the fiction genre," Grisham, the first lady's chief of staff, said in a statement. 

While in the East Wing, Jordan writes that Melania Trump stood her ground on several fronts, including when it came to challenging the president's daughter, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpUS should support Ngozi for WTO Director General   Trump administration awarding M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors Deutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner MORE who also serves as a White House advisor. Ivanka Trump suggested renaming the “First Lady’s Office” the “First Family Office.” 

“The idea that she is not a big influence in the administration is just dead wrong,” said former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R), who has known Melania and Donald Trump for years, told Jordan.