First lady Melania Trump is said to have renegotiated her marriage contract with US President Donald Trump after her husband’s election victory, according to a new book. It was about their son Barron, it said in excerpts from a book about Melania Trump (50) published by the Washington Post on Friday (local time). “She wanted written evidence that Barron would be more like Trump’s three oldest children in terms of financial opportunities and inheritance.”
The book by author Mary Jordan – a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the “Washington Post” – will be released in the United States next Tuesday under the title “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” Art of their deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump) appear. The title alludes to Donald Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal”, at that time only a real estate mogul.
Melania used moving to the White House as a means of pressure
As a reason for her late entry into the White House after Donald Trump’s swearing-in in January 2017, Melania Trump stated that she did not want to interrupt the school year of the then ten-year-old son Barron, the Washington Post continued. That was not wrong, but it was also a means of pressure to renegotiate the marriage contract. According to a conservative estimate by the New York police, staying in New York initially cost $ 125,000 a day given the security measures required for Melania and Barron, the Washington Post said on Saturday.
White House observers would have noticed a mood upswing in Melania Trump in mid-2018, which may have contributed to her willingness to fight for her husband’s second term. Jordan reports that the first lady, according to three people in Trump’s environment, had renegotiated the marriage contract to her satisfaction at the time. The original contract was not very generous, it was said – without giving details of the agreement.
Jordan writes that Melania had already ensured that Barron was a citizen of both her home country, Slovenia, and that of the United States. This would enable him to work as an adult for the Trump organization in Europe. When renegotiating the marriage contract, she wanted to ensure that Barron was not excluded from the group.
The Trumps as loners without many friends
The author reports that the impression is false that Melania and Donald Trump are opposed. They are both fighters and value loyalty above all else. Neither the President – who is celebrating his 74th birthday this Sunday – nor the First Lady would have many close friends. Her instincts as loners would carry over to marriage. But it seems that both love each other. Melania is Donald Trump’s third wife.
From his first marriage to Ivana Trump, Donald Trump has three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. Sons Donald Jr. and Eric run the Trump organization, while Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are advisors to the White House. From the second marriage to Maria Maples came the daughter Tiffany Trump, who played a far less prominent role in the president’s public life.
Dispute between Melania and stepdaughter Invanka
Another excerpt from the book published on Saturday suggests that there were rivalries between daughter Ivanka and the First Lady. While Melania was still in New York, Ivanka wanted to secure a place in the east wing of the White House – where traditionally the offices of the First Lady and her employees are located. One of her suggestions was to rename the “First Lady’s Office” to “First Family’s Office”. Melania did not allow this.
There is always speculation in the United States about the marriage of Melania and Donald Trump. Donald Trump has been repeatedly charged with affairs in the past, but he denied them.
Melania about Donald: “He doesn’t understand a word of what we’re talking about”
Jordan, 59, and married to “Post” journalist Kevin Sullivan, with whom she won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, maintains very close contacts with her Slovenian roots. She speaks Slovenian with her son Bannon and has complained to others about her husband “that he does not understand a word of what we are talking about”.
CNN journalist Kate Bennett published the unauthorized first lady biography “Free, Melania” at the end of last year, in which it was said that Melania and Donald Trump – as often rumored – have separate bedrooms in the White House. Even Bennett did not give the impression that the marriage was only maintained as if it were an illusion. The author wrote that Donald Trump was longing for Melania’s approval and trust in her.
Bennett also wrote that Melania had significant influence over the president. “She is the only one who can openly tell him what she thinks.” The author said: “It is essentially untouchable.”