For all of you who thought it a bit bizarre that Melania didn’t move into the White House until June of 2017, here is a theory that fits the facts and considering the “character” of the principals involved in this story, it is perfectly plausible. A new book, “The Art Of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” drops June 16. It purports that the reason Melania delayed in coming to the White House after the election was because she was renegotiating the terms of her pre-nuptial agreement with Trump. And that she did so again last year in order to secure her services in helping Trump run for reelection. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, we’ve always known exactly what she is, now we know how much she costs — and costs us, too, I might add. The taxpayers dropped over a million bucks on extra security costs for Melania and Barron to be safe in Manhattan, while she dickered with Trump’s lawyers. Washington Post:
Melania’s original prenup had not been incredibly generous, Jordan reports. But she has been married to Trump longer than both his ex-wives and had bargaining power: Her perceived calming effect on him was so great that Trump’s pals and at least one of Trump’s adult children exhorted her to come to the White House as soon as possible.
She had him over the proverbial barrel. He had to cave, so that she would come to Washington and play First Lady. He had no choice. And here’s what I love. She is characterizing this episode as “taking care of Barron.” I’m actually starting to like Melania. She’s kind of a dumbed down Lady Macbeth. Fewer brains, but the instincts are the same.
And one adjustment to the prenup wasn’t enough.
Observers in the White House had noticed an uptick in her mood by mid-2018 that might account for her being so willing to fight for a second term. According to three people close to Trump, Jordan writes, Melania had finally renegotiated the prenup to her liking. She’d already been looking out for Barron’s future by making sure he had dual citizenship in Slovenia, which will position him to work in Europe for the Trump Organization when he comes of age.
Now, she’d made sure he wasn’t shut out of the family business. Jordan writes: “She wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance, Barron would be treated as more of an equal to Trump’s oldest three children.”
She’s not wrong about the three older Trump kids being on board to screw a sibling. Just ask Tiffany. Isn’t it heartwarming that the Party of Family Values elected this particular standard bearer and his klan? I find it inspiring.