FIRST Lady Melania Trump blasted critics over child migrants and said “who gives a f**k” about Christmas decorations in audio recordings that were released on Thursday.
Melania was secretly recorded by her former friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who worked as an unpaid aide in the East Wing of the White House until being let go in February 2018.
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The 50-year-old was heard complaining to Wolkoff about reporters who questioned her about President Donald Trump’s policy of separating kids from families who crossed the US border with Mexico illegally.
“They say I’m complicit. I’m the same like him, I support him. I don’t say enough I don’t do enough where I am,” she told Wolkoff in the recording that was obtained by CNN.
“I’m working … my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f**k about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?”
In the audio, Melania continued: “OK, and then I do it and I say that I’m working on Christmas and planning for the Christmas and they said, ‘Oh, what about the children that they were separated?’
“Give me a f**king break. Where they were saying anything when Obama did that? I can not go, I was trying get the kid reunited with the mom.
“I didn’t have a chance – needs to go through the process and through the law,” the first lady said.
As noted by CNN, Melania was referring to former President Barack Obama’s policy of kids being separated from parents “only when authorities had concerns for their well-being or could not confirm that the adult was in fact their legal guardian.”
It wasn’t used as a blanket policy as it was in the Trump administration.
In another tape recorded by Wolkoff, Melania said migrant kids are brought to the US “by coyotes.”
She said that the reactions from children shows the quality of US detention centers explains “the way they take care of them,” referring to their parents.
“The kids, they say, ‘Wow I will have my own bed? I will sleep on the bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?’ It’s so sad to hear it but they didn’t have that in their own countries, they sleep on the floor.
“They are taken care of nicely there. But you know, yeah, they are not with parents, it’s sad,” Melania said.
“But when they come here alone or with coyotes or illegally, you know, you need to do something.”
The former model claimed that foreign parents teach their children how to illegally come to the US.
“A lot of like moms and kids they are teached how to do it. They go over and they say like, ‘Oh, we will be killed by a gang member, we will be, you know, it’s so dangerous,’”
“So they are allowed to stay here,” Melania added.
“It’s not true that they would, you know what I mean,” Trump said, before adding that “they’re not professional but they are teached by other people what to say to come over and to you know let them go to stay here.
“Because they could easily stay in Mexico but they don’t want to stay in Mexico because Mexico doesn’t take care of them the same as America does.”
Melania’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, slammed the leaked audio in a statement to CNN.
“Secretly taping the First Lady and willfully breaking an NDA to publish a salacious book is a clear attempt at relevance.
“The timing of this continues to be suspect – as does this never-ending exercise in self-pity and narcissism.”
Wolkoff was friends with Melania for 15 years after the pair met in 2003 – however, last month, she released a tell-all memoir about the first lady.
In Wolkoff’s book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, she boasts she “had a front-row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then-girlfriend [Melania] from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond.”
When Trump was elected president in 2016, Wolkoff was brought on to help “produce” his inauguration, which reportedly led to her company making millions off the event.
She told ABC News she “gave up everything” for Melania but when she came under fire for the amount of money that was spent on the inauguration, claimed the first lady refused to come to her aid.
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Wolkoff said that “when the time came for her to come and speak the truth about a friend who left everything behind to help her, she turned her back on me … stabbed me in the back.”
“It was amateur hour then, and it’s amateur hour now, and I think it’s really frightening for our country,” Wolkoff said.
“Everyone does need to know what … this presidency is doing and what this propaganda machine behind this man at the White House is doing,” she added.