Recording reveals Melania Trump's curse over White House Christmas decorating duties; Twitter reacts
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote the book "Melania and Me," secretly recorded conversations with Trump in the summer of 2018 after Wolkoff left her role as an adviser, CNN reported Thursday night. The recordings show the first lady expressing frustration over media perception on major issues like the administration's child separation policy.
The recordings also included Trump expressing dismay at her role in decorating and promoting the White House during Christmas time, while she was being criticized for not doing more meaningful work.
"I'm working my a-- off with the Christmas stuff that, you know, who gives a f--- about Christmas stuff and decorations but I need to do it, right?" Trump is heard saying.
"And then I do it, and I say I'm working on Christmas and planning for Christmas," Trump continued. "And they say, 'What about the children that are separated?' Give me a f---ing break."
At one part of the recording, Trump insists she was trying to help separated children at the border, saying, "I was trying to get the kid reunited with the mom. I didn't have a chance. It needs to go through the process and the law."
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Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's press secretary, responded to questions about the Christmas comments with a statement about Wolkoff's recordings.
"Her only intent was to secretly tape the First Lady in order to peddle herself and her salacious book," the statement said. "There is no way to know if these recordings have been edited and it’s clear the clips were hand-picked and presented with no context. The First Lady remains focused on her family and serving our country."
Twitter reacted swiftly to the comments
The Twitter account for "The Daily Show" jokingly related the comments to President Donald Trump's sidestepped calls to condemn white supremacist groups during Tuesday night's debate.
"Look, all we’re saying is that we want the president to denounce White Supremacists as forcefully as Melania denounces Christmas," the show, hosted by Trevor Noah, tweeted.
Twitter user MeidesTouch suggested the comment explained Trump's controversial holiday decorating style. "Melania said, 'Who gives a (expletive) about the Christmas stuff and decoration" and suddenly this disaster makes sense now."
Democratic pollster Matt McDermott highlighted the same theme.
"Well, Melania’s White House Christmas decor certainly makes more sense now," he tweeted.
Dave Cavell, a former speech writer for President Obama, took to Twitter to note the Obamas loved celebrating Christmas at the White House.
"I helped prepare the Obamas’ final Christmas message in 2016," Cavell tweeted. "For the record, they LOVED Christmas, and were honored to spend the holidays welcoming military families to the White House — "the People’s House."
Others came out in support for the first lady's words.
"Melania is fighting just like Trump is," wrote Twitter user CJTruth.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong lambasted the recordings.
"First of all, the person who recorded her private conversations with Melania Trump is a two faced creep. Who does that? More importantly, it shows that Melania wanted to help kids more than decorate for Christmas. I don’t see how this makes her look bad," he tweeted.
Twitter user Rosie Memos liked the attitude.
"I love @FLOTUS I always knew there was a firecracker hiding behind that gorgeous smile," she tweeted. "She talks like me throwing around the f-bomb."