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First Lady Melania Trump. (Photo by Luca Bruno - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
First Lady Melania Trump. (Photo by Luca Bruno - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘No way'

Blockbuster book reveals Melania Trump’s candid reaction to now-infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape

By WITW Staff on September 7, 2018

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s latest book Fear, a tell-all detailing life inside the Trump White House, made up from the accounts of anonymous sources who tell near-unbelievable stories, would almost be a fun breathless piece of fiction … if it wasn’t so real.

Apart from his masterful reporting on the infighting and sabotaging that characterized Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, Woodward also sheds light on the people in Trump’s orbit, including his family, both once Trump was inaugurated and while he was still a candidate.. First daughter Ivanka would reportedly sit down during meetings held by former chief of staff Reince Priebus with aides from the National Economic Council and say nothing, reports The Guardian, which obtained an early copy of the book. “Who is this person? Priebus marveled. “What is she doing?”

A screen grab from the explosive ‘Access Hollywood’ tape showing Donald Trump, ‘Days of Our Lives’ actress Arianne Zucker, and then-‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush in 2005. (The Washington Post).

Also particularly interesting is Melania Trump’s reaction after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, during which Trump, then a candidate, is heard talking about grabbing women “by the pussy,” a phrase and impulse still as disgusting and mind-boggling as it was two years ago. When discussions arose during the campaign for her to go on television with Trump as part of damage control strategy, this was her response: “‘Not doing that,’ Melania said in her Slovenian accent, dismissively waving her hand,” Woodward writes. “‘No way. No, no, no.’”

Of course, she did go on TV — alone — 10 days after the tape was released, telling a Fox News host, “Those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate. And he apologized to me … I accept his apology. And we are moving on.” Additionally, she spoke with CNN host Anderson Cooper, saying that her husband was “egged on” by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, and characterized their crude language as “boy talk.”

In the Woodward book, Melania is also described as being devoted to her 12-year-old son, Barron, whom, it should be noted, is the only boy currently living in the White House.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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