Melania Trump, 49, has become the subject of an unauthorised biography by CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett who has covered the FLOTUS since she entered the White House in 2017. The CNN White House reporter focused much of her work on Melania's last three years since she moved to Washington with husband Donald Trump months after his election as the 45th President of the United States. Speaking to The Cut, Ms Bennett claimed her research exposed the true "power and influence" FLOTUS has over the US President, adding Melania is not really concerned about the views American voters have of her.
The CNN White House correspondent said: "Not only did Melania have power and influence with the President, she perhaps had more of both than anyone else in the entire White House.
"She doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her.
"Whether people assume she is complicit in Trump’s beliefs and actions by being married to him and staying married to him or whether they think she is standing by his side because she is a noble adherent to traditional marriage — it doesn’t matter to her."
Ms Bennett insisted she had wanted to provide readers with an insight on "what is Melania really like? What does she do all day?" and concluded FLOTUS approached her role as First Lady as a proper job.
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She continued: "It is, essentially, a wealthy woman’s life, and that is basically what she was: a wealthy, stay-at-home mom with three homes.
"And thinking about, ‘Oh God, it’s already August, we have to start thinking about the Thanksgiving table arrangements.’ For her, that’s very real work."
The White House is believed to have originally cooperated with Ms Bennett as she drafted the book but the East Wing, FLOTUS's headquarters in the White House, later disputed the biography.
Ms Bennett added: "Even last week, a source told me that the East Wing was upset about my coverage of her getting booed in Baltimore.
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"And I’m like, ‘the East Wing’ means Melania."
The First Lady faced the "worst booing in three years" while delivering an important speech as part of her Be Best anti-bullying campaign in Baltimore, Maryland, last month.
The bitter reception comes after US President Donald Trump previously called the city a “rat and rodent-infested mess”.
And FLOTUS faced further calls to intervene after President Trump invoked the name of their 13-year-old son Barron Trump as part of a rally following Congress' vote in favour of impeaching the US leader.
Earlier this month Melania issued a warning against Law expert Pamela Karlan after the academic mentioned Barron as she testified in Congress as part of the impeachment hearings.
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During the rally at Battle Creek, Michigan, President Trump told the crowd that his son Barron would draw bigger crowds than Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Mr Trump attacked reports that Ms Warren, who he nicknamed Pocahontas, had attracted large crowd sizes, before the US President went on to tout the crowd sizes he’s had in recent weeks.
The US President said: “Crazy Pocahontas goes to the middle of Central Park and gets a crowd.
“I could have Barron Trump go into Central Park and he’d get a crowd. He’d get a bigger crowd than Warren.”
Last week, his wife Melania Trump issued a rare outburst, attacking Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan for similarly invoking their son.
At the time, the First Lady tweeted that Karlan “should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it”.
She added: “A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics."