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'No Way': Melania Refused to Appear on TV With Trump After Leaked Tape – Reports

© AP Photo / Pablo Martinez MonsivaisFirst lady Melania Trump attends the 6th Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Summit at Health and Human Service in Rockville, Md., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
First lady Melania Trump attends the 6th Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Summit at Health and Human Service in Rockville, Md., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 - Sputnik International
In August, Donald Trump’s former communications aide and reality show star, largely known by her first name Omarosa, made headlines as she released tapes corroborating that things allegedly weren’t going smoothly in the US first couple’s relationship. Pulitzer winner Bob Woodward in turn suggests the earlier claims are not that far from reality.

US First Lady Melania Trump reportedly declined an invitation to appear in front of the camera alongside her husband, then-presidential candidate, in wake of the release of the contentious “Access Hollywood” tape.

“‘Not doing that,’ Melania said in her Slovenian accent, dismissively waving her hand,” according to an excerpt from a new tell-all by well-known Watergate journalist and 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward, published by the Guardian. “No way. No, no, no.” 

The infamous tape, leaked just weeks ahead of the elections, in October 2016, reveals Trump bragging about approaching and groping women without their approval, with the president noting in 2005  that he “would grab them by the p***y.” He subsequently apologized for what he called “locker room talk” and has even questioned the authenticity of the recording.

Following the much debated release, Melania issued an official statement saying that although the choice of words was “unacceptable” and “offensive,” it “did not represent the man I know.”

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, political aide and communications director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House under President Donald Trump's administration, speaks at the Women's Power Luncheon of the 2017 National Action Network convention, in New York. (File) - Sputnik International
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“He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world," she stated at the time.

The account in Woodward’s book pointing to an allegedly tense relationship between the first couple comes a short while after former White House aide Omarosa Newman’s explosive new book, in which she stated that the first lady “can’t wait to divorce” the president and uses her fashion choices, namely, outfits, to this end, to “punish” Trump.

READ MORE: ‘N-Word' Tapes: Omarosa Says Trump Caught on Recording Using Racial Slurs

Woodward’s freshly released book, titled "Fear: Trump in the White House," outlines the author’s chaotic vision of daily life in the White House, including personal skepticism and even insults, which prompted Trump to further lash out at it, billing Woodward’s brainchild “fiction,” which relied upon "phony sources," and "a scam." 

“The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General [Secretary of Defense] James Mattis and General [chief of staff] John Kelly,” he tweeted Tuesday.

“Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?”

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