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Melania Trump renews focus on ex-friend with essay railing against 'pettiness'

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

First lady Melania Trump penned an essay on the White House website on Friday that railed against what she described as the "pettiness" of the media and ex-friend and former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump penned an essay on the White House website on Friday that railed against what she described as the "pettiness" of the media and ex-friend and former adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

This is the second personal essay Trump has written in recent days.

Yet rather than highlight her own specific efforts to help children via her "Be Best" initiative, she continued to draw attention to the Wolkoff tell-all book, which was first published September 1.

But with the new essay, Trump is in actuality renewing focus on what she describes as Wolkoff's "salacious claims. "

Wolkoff's book, "Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady," details the fallout from Wolkoff's working and personal relationship with Melania Trump, including private conversations between the two.

Trump did not name Wolkoff in the essay, but did not hold back, claiming she "hardly knew" her.

A person who said she 'made me' even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency," Trump wrote.

Trump criticized the media for choosing to "to focus their coverage on pettiness over my positive work. " Trump's chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, linked to the story on her official Twitter account and specifically called out news organizations.

And in an essay that only calls the media's attention to the weeks-old Wolkoff book, the first lady reiterated: "I would remind the media that they have the choice of focusing on our next generation. "

The essay comes days after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Wolkoff in the Washington, DC, circuit court, the complaint claiming Wolkoff breached a confidentiality agreement with her book.

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