Melania Trump hits back at husband’s ex-aide following claims she wants divorce

Melania Trump was reportedly left “disappointed” after her husband’s former aide claimed the First Lady was “counting the minutes” to divorce her husband Donald.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, an ex-political adviser to Trump, previously claimed that Donald Trump and Melania’s relationship was over and Melania has been waiting for the President to lose power before leaving him.

Mrs Newman, who first met Donald Trump when she appeared on the first season of The Apprentice, also told TV show host Lorraine Kelly that Melania is “repulsed” by her husband, Mirror Online reports.

In her 2018 book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, Newman wrote: “In my opinion, Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him.

“If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave him while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her.”



Donald Trump and Melania
Melania has stood by Donald Trump throughout his presidency
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She added that Trump could potentially try to revoke his wife’s citizenship.

But in August the First Lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham previously slammed Newman, claiming she barely knows Melania.

According to the Sun, Ms Grisham said: “Mrs Trump rarely, if ever, interacted with Omarosa.



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Omarosa Manigault Newman believes Melania is ‘counting the minutes’ to divorce her husband Donald
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“It’s disappointing to her that she is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the President.”

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Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Sanders previously said Newman’s book was “riddled with lies and false accusations”.

Newman last month told Lorraine Kelly that the Trumps had a “very strange marriage”.



Donald Trump and Melania
The First Lady’s spokeswoman says Newman barely knows Melania
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She said: “I’m very cautious to comment on the dynamics of a marriage because you never know what goes on behind closed doors.

“But I have known this couple since they were dating, they got married a year after The Apprentice aired.

“What I have observed in the last 17 years would make your head spin. Sometimes they like each other but sometimes she is repulsed by him.”