Ex-Melania Trump aide reveals why former first lady won't appear at hush money trial

New York, New York - A former aide to Melania Trump recently shared her thoughts on why the former first lady has been absent throughout her husband Donald Trump's historic hush money criminal trial.

In a recent interview, a former aide to Melania Trump (r.) revealed why the former first lady has not attended her husband's hush money criminal trial.
In a recent interview, a former aide to Melania Trump (r.) revealed why the former first lady has not attended her husband's hush money criminal trial.  © IMAGO / Everett Collection

Former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff recently sat down for an interview with CNN, where she was asked why Melania continues to be noticeably absent from the trial.

"I don't think we're going to see Melania Trump accompanying Donald to court,” Winston Wolkoff stated.

"I do not see her supporting him this way because... I think that you can feel that humiliation without having to put yourself in front of the cameras."

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Trump is facing 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business records to hide payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to cover up an affair he has long denied.

Last week, Daniels testified in the trial, sharing damning details about the alleged affair that she claimed took place in 2006, only a year after Trump married Melania.

Winston Wolkoff explained that everything Melania does is "staged" and "strategically planned."

"She is not going to put herself in a position where she's giving anyone the opportunity to say anything negative about her."

Why won't Melania attend Trump's hush money trial?

Donald Trump (r.), arriving at the home of billionaire investor John Paulson, with former first lady Melania Trump (l.), in Palm Beach, Florida on April 6, 2024.
Donald Trump (r.), arriving at the home of billionaire investor John Paulson, with former first lady Melania Trump (l.), in Palm Beach, Florida on April 6, 2024.  © Alon Skuy / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

During her interview, Winston Wolkoff described the Trump's marriage as "transactional," explaining that both parties "garnered so much out of their relationship."

"By marrying Donald, Melania really did finally get to be the Vogue cover model that she's always wanted to be... and by marrying Melania, Donald was legitimized as trying to get away from that whole playboy mentality that everyone wanted to characterize him as."

She also shared her thoughts on Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, who has been testifying this week about how he orchestrated the payments made to Daniels.

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Winston Wolkoff said she was "not surprised" by Cohen's claim that Melania helped come up with Trump's excuse in 2016 that his infamous Access Hollywood tape, where he is heard bragging about grabbing women's genitals, was simply "locker room talk."

"For her, it was always 'no big deal,'" Winston Wolkoff said. "As she has said to me over and over - 'I know who I married, I'm to be nothing like his other two wives,' – and she accepted what that role was."

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