Melania Trump attacks 'salacious' claims she DIDN'T want to be First Lady “come hell or high water”

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Melania and Donald Trump at the Inaugural Ball in Washington (AP Images)
Melania and Donald Trump at the Inaugural Ball in Washington (AP Images)

Melania Trump has slammed a “salacious” report alleging she did not want to become First Lady of the United States “come hell or high water”.

The First Lady, who married Donald Trump in 2005, never wanted her husband to become president or believed it would happen, a longtime friend of the Trumps said.

“This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something [Donald Trump] ever thought he’d win. She didn’t want this come hell or high water,” the source told Vanity Fair.

“I don’t think she thought it was going to happen,” they added.

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Donald Trump responded angrily to the report by saying that his wife “loves” being First Lady.

“Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that ‘if you run, you will win,'” he tweeted.

“She would tell everyone that, ‘no doubt, he will win.’ I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) – and Country is doing great!

A spokesman for the First Lady said Mrs Trump was “honoured” by her role.

“Once again part of the liberal media, this time Vanity Fair, has written a story riddled with unnamed sources and false assertions,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, said.

“As a magazine tailored to women it is shameful that they continue to write salacious and false stories meant to demean Mrs Trump, rather than focus on her positive work as First Lady as a supportive wife and mother.”

According to Vanity Fair, it was the First Lady who who initially persuaded Trump to run for president.

Roger Stone, a former Trump campaign advisor, said: “He always wanted to run. She is the one who pushed him to run just by saying run or do not run [but] I don’t think she was ever too crazy about it.”

“She said, ‘It’s not my thing. It’s Donald’s thing’. And I think she understood he was going to be unhappy if he didn’t run,” he said.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the inauguration parade (AP Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Trump during the inauguration parade (AP Images)

Born in Slovenia, when it was part of Yugoslavia, Melania Trump is the first First Lady to be born abroad since Louisa Adams in 1825.

Since Trump was elected to President, there have been persistent rumours that his wife did not want the role.

The couple spent nearly five months of living apart before Melania and the couple’s young son Barron finally moved into the White House.

The pair broke with tradition by living at Trump Tower in New York after the inauguration so that Barron, 11, could finish the school year.

Today, Melania revealed the extravagant decorations at the White House

“The decorations are up!” she tweeted. “@WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate! Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the First Lady “personally selected and was involved in every detail” of the decorations.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has sparked outrage at an event honouring Native American war veterans by using the term “Pocahontas”.

After describing the veterans as “incredible” and “very special people”, the President went on to use the “racial slur” against Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, with whom he has a long-running dispute.

“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you,” he said.

Warren told MSNBC: “This was supposed to be an event to honour heroes, people who put it all on the line for our country, who, because of their incredible work, saved the lives of countless Americans and our allies.

“It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honouring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur.”

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