Melania Trump on Monday blasted a Vanity Fair report that she did not want to be first lady before President Trump won the White House.
“Once again part of the liberal media, this time Vanity Fair, has written a story riddled with unnamed sources and false assertions,” the first lady said through a spokeswoman, according to CNN.
“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 and a supportive wife and mother,” the spokeswoman continued.
Melania Trump’s spokeswoman added that “as has been stated on the record many times before, she is honored by her role.”
Vanity Fair on Sunday reported that Melania Trump did not want to become first lady, citing a longtime friend of her family.
“This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win,” they said of Melania Trump and President Trump, respectively.
“She didn’t want this come hell or high water,” they added. “I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.”
Melania Trump – who is President Trump’s third wife and a former fashion model – declined to be interviewed by Vanity Fair for the publication’s profile of her.
Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, on Sunday told Vanity Fair that she encouraged her husband to seek the presidency.
“He always wanted to run,” he said. “She is the one who pushed him to run just by saying run or do not run.”
“I don’t think she was ever too crazy about it,” Stone added. “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.”
Melania Trump did not join her husband at the White House until last June, waiting until the couple’s son Barron Trump had finished his school year in New York City.