Melania Trump and her husband, Donald Trump, have a "transactional marriage," according to the first lady's former friend and adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Wolkoff recently released a tell-all book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, and while promoting it, she spoke with BBC Newsnight about the Trumps' marriage, as video posted to YouTube showed.
According to the author, Melania felt marrying Trump would further her career, something that was realized when she was on the cover of Vogue in 2005 wearing a Christian Dior couture wedding gown. An accompanying article covered their union.
Trump, on the other hand, got a pretty spouse, Wolkoff said.
"I do believe it is a transactional marriage. Donald got arm candy, the Vogue cover legitimized Melania, which legitimized Donald as well, and Melania got two dynamic decades," she explained.
Prior to that, Melania had appeared in foreign magazines and posed nude for GQ, but she had not broken into the high-end fashion world.
"She was a young model, she was striving, she didn't have the success yet. She met Donald, she married, she had a son, she became an American citizen, and 10 years after that, she is the first lady of the United States," Wolkoff added.
She said the couple's union was a magic moment, a "made-for-TV moment," and a transaction for both of them.
Wolkoff added that their arrangement continues to work for each of them and it won't end anytime soon because of that. She concluded Melania was complicit in all of the activities in the Trump family.
The author defended her relationship with FLOTUS, saying they had a true friendship for years, but it only ended after she left her friend's employ. She was later accused of profiting from events that she organized for the Trump administration. She denied during the interview that there was any intentional corruption.
She also slammed Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, saying she is jealous of Melania and wanted to usurp Melania's role as FLOTUS.
The book has made headlines and has courted controversy across the world with numerous, allegedly inside revelations about the first family. The claims include that the future FLOTUS wasn't at all bothered when the infamous "grabbing women" tape emerged, and that she demanded that her bed and bath in the White House be remodeled before she would use it.
Melania has pushed back on Wolkoff's book, calling it "delusional & malicious gossip," while urging the media to focus on the nation's drug crisis, as The Inquisitr previously reported.