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Melania Trump’s not likely to dump Trump: ‘They deserve each other,’ Michael Cohen says in new report

Melania Trump’s not likely to dump Trump: ‘They deserve each other,’ Michael Cohen says in new report

For critics of President Donald Trump, it’s comforting to believe in the “Free, Melania” narrative, which holds that first lady Melania Trump also despises him and will soon humiliate him by filing for divorce, now that he has lost the election.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 27: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump is introduced by his daughter and White House senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, as he prepares to deliver his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump gave the speech in front of 1500 invited guests. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But some of Trump’s most ardent critics have told the Washington Post that the 24-years-younger Melania isn’t likely to leave her husband, even after all he’s put her through with his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels and despite reports that she was never eager to become first lady.

The Slovenian-born former model, 50, might stay with Trump out of love, or she might stay because of what biographers say is the “transactional” nature of their relationship. She might also stay because they have a lot more in common than is widely believed, critics say.

“I don’t think Melania leaves Donald. She’s very willingly complicit in his schemes and holds his beliefs as her own,” Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, told the Washington Post.

“Those two deserve each other,” added Cohen, who is under home confinement while finishing out a felony federal sentence for tax fraud and campaign finance violations related to the hush-money payment to Daniels before the 2016 election.

Donald and Melania Trump are “remarkably in sync,” despite their supposed personality differences, added Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady’s former friend and White House aide who wrote a book that was highly critical of the first lady.

“It’s part of the show,” Winston Wolkoff told the Post. “She’s always been the quiet. He’s been the loud. She’s been the soft. He’s been the hard. They play off one another. It’s part of the relationship that makes it work.”

Since Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to former Vice President Joe Biden, jokes and memes have proliferated on social media about how Melania Trump will soon seek a divorce. Jimmy Kimmel presented a spoof of “The Bachelorette,” starring Melania Trump stepping out of a limo to meet a room full of new romantic suitors.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, an ousted White House aide who appeared on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” said Melania is “counting every minute” and waiting until Biden’s inauguration before making the split formal, The Sun reported. In an interview with Town and Country, divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman said Melania could likely receive a “fairly generous” $50 million divorce settlement.

But the comments by Cohen and Winston Wolkoff and other reporting by the Washington Post raise doubts about such speculation. Two people who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity said the first lady has shown no signs of leaving her husband.

The first lady’s chief of staff also offered a stern rebuke to anyone indulging in such talk. “This question is pathetic and exactly why people no longer trust the mainstream media,” Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “No legitimate journalist would ask this.”

One of the authors of the Washington Post story is Mary Jordan, who penned the recent biography of the first lady, “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.”

Jordan and her colleague Jada Yuan said the divorce talk in part stems from critics’ “wishful thinking” that Trump will face an embarrassing personal repudiation after subjecting the American public to his attacks on the truth and the norms of presidential behavior.

“Tired of the president calling others ‘losers,’” anti-Trumpers wouldn’t mind seeing him humiliated by his beautiful, younger wife leaving him, “especially when he’s already down,” Jordan and Yuan wrote. But they added: “Maybe Melania is similar to America: A big part of her admires Donald Trump, even if another part of her is appalled by him.”

The divorce talk also is an extension of ongoing questions about the state of the Trumps’ marriage. The president and his wife have never been easily affectionate with each other in public, unlike previous presidential couples. Over the past four years, the Trumps have starred in multiple viral videos that show her refusing to hold his hand.

The couple moreover are known to occupy separate bedrooms on different floors in the White House, according to the 2019 book “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography” by CNN correspondent Kate Bennett.

But despite any outward displays of unhappiness, Bennett wrote that Melania Trump may be more than satisfied with the flawed man she married.

“She was under zero illusion that at least some aspect of her relationship was transactional, no matter how much she loved him or how much he loved her,” Bennett wrote. “Part of their ‘fairy tale’ was not a fairy tale but the ages-old story of a rich, older man who bolsters his vitality and ego by marrying a young, beautiful woman/model. He gets the babe; she gets the cash.”

Through Trump’s wealth and fame as a real estate developer and reality TV star, Melania Trump enjoyed time in the spotlight as a model before she settled down and became a mother to their son, Barron. After their 2005 wedding, Bennett wrote, Melania gained “a rich husband; cushy life; happy child; multiple homes; glamour when she wanted it, privacy when she didn’t; independence.”

Meanwhile, Trump gained an important ally in his third wife — someone he trusts in ways he doesn’t trust others, Jordan wrote in her book. Among other things, Trump has come to rely on Melania for her “amazing political instincts,” Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Jordan.

Indeed, in the closing weeks and days of the election, Melania Trump emerged as one of her husband’s most “ardent cheerleaders,” Jordan said in her new Washington Post story. After Biden was declared the winner of the election, reports emerged that Melania Trump had privately urged her husband to concede. But publicly, she appeared to back her husband’s false claims that he’s the victim of widespread voter fraud by tweeting from her official @FLOTUS government account that “Every legal — not illegal — vote should be counted.”

Melania Trump has not yet contacted Jill Biden to offer her congratulations, and she may follow her husband’s lead if he decides to skip Biden’s inauguration, the Washington Post said. Once Trump is out of office, Melania Trump may join him in making his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, their new home-base — instead of New York City, where the liberal high-society establishment has become hostile to the Trump family.

“A lot of people want her to leave him as some kind of a payback, but I don’t see Melania Trump to be that type of a person,” Elizabeth J. Natalle, an author of books on first ladies and an associate professor of communications at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, told the Washington Post. “She’s consistently said in her interviews that she’s a big girl. She knows what she’s doing.”

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