A few months ago, the Trump administration started searching for stripping citizenship from naturalized citizens who are likely to have given false statements to enter the country. Was this at some point personal for President Trump?
As Omarosa Manigault Newman assumes, Trump is likely to use wife Melania Trump’s possibly disreputable entry into the United States against her, as he fears she might leave him before his term as president is over.
So this means that Melania has to hold off for at least a couple of more years.
From Mercury News:
In her just-published book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” Manigault Newman hypothesizes that a “vindictive” Trump would find a way to boot the first lady back to her native Slovenia if she were to cross him.
“Since Donald is fully aware of however she acquired her permanent citizenship, he could, if there were anything fishy around it, expose the methods and somehow invalidate it,” wrote Manigault Newman. “He is a vindictive man, and I would not put anything past him.”
Melania Trump gained residency in the United States with an Einstein (EB-1) visa. In her book, Manigault Newman said “Trumpworld intimates” often questioned how Melania, a former model, was able to obtain a visa that was reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.” Manigault Newman said there were rumblings that Donald Trump pulled strings to “secure or expedite” the visa for his future wife, according to People.
“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,” Manigault Newman wrote. “This is a man who has said he could pardon himself from the Mueller investigation. Why not pardon himself over an alleged visa payoff?”
“In my opinion,” she added, “Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him.”
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, refuted Manigault Newman’s claims.
“Mrs. Trump rarely, if ever, interacted with Omarosa. 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,” Grisham said in a statement.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also addressed the book with a statement, saying, “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse than the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration.”
Huckabee Sanders also said the book “is riddled with lies and false accusations.”
Manigault Newman first gained attention in 2004 as the villainous contestant on the inaugural season of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice.” Trump later hired her for his presidential campaign, the transition team and finally his White House staff.
But Manigault Newman’s December 2017 departure from the White House was ugly and contentious. She was fired by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly before being forcibly removed from the White House grounds, but she originally claimed she had resigned her post.
From there Manigault Newman went from unrepentant Trump supporter to purported tell-all author.
In the book, she covered Donald Trump’s alleged affairs with Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal and described him as “like a dog off the leash” during Melania’s absence.
Trump attempts to hold Melania's hand at President Emmanuel Macron's arrival at the South Lawn: pic.twitter.com/NlBlcdZ29s
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But Manigault Newman claims Melania has struck back in subtle and not-so-subtle ways — with the “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket incident, and the couple of instances in which she was refused or hesitated to hold her husband’s hand in public.
“Unlike the past, when (Melania) had no recourse or influence, she no longer had to accept her powerlessness,” Manigault Newman wrote. “I believe that by avoiding Donald’s clasp in public, Melania was grasping the full extent of her power.”