In the new book from Stephanie Winston Wolkoff — former advisor to the First Lady — titled Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, she claims that the Trumps used each other to further their careers.
Winston Wolkoff claims that the marriage between the two was nothing but a “transactional” affair.
“I do believe it is a transactional marriage. Donald got army candy, the Vogue cover legitimized Melania which legitimized Donald as well, and Melania got two dynamic decades,” the former advisor told BBC Newsnight. “She was a young model, she was striving, she didn’t have success yet. She met Donald, she married, she had a son, she became an American citizen and 10 years after that, she is the First Lady of the United States. I do believe it was a magic moment, and I also believe it was a made-for-TV moment.”
Donald and Melania met in September of 1998 — when Melania Knauss was a working model in New York City — at a Fashion Week party thrown by mutual friend Paolo Zampolli.
Donald popped the question to Melania in 2004. He proposed with a 12-carat ring valued at $2 million dollars. The future Mrs. Trump told the New York Post at the time: “It was a great surprise. We are very happy together.”
The pair were married in January 2005 and have been together ever since.
Since being elected President, rumors have dogged Donald and Melania about their marriage being a sham and purely a show.
Here’s a look at 8 signs proving Donald and Melania’s relationship truly IS ‘transactional.’