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Michael Wolff's New Book, 'Fire and Fury,' Claims Melania Trump "Shed Tears, but Not of Joy" on Election Night

According to Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' Donald Trump “assured” his wife that he wouldn’t win the election.

Donald Trump had no intention of becoming president, at least not according to Michael Wolff's widely-anticipated new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which goes behind the scenes of the Trump campaign and the early days of his administration. In fact, Wolff alleges that Trump "assured" his wife Melania that he would not win the 2016 election.

"Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning." reads an excerpt published by New York Magazine.

"Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching."

In fact, per the text, the win was so unexpected and so upsetting, that the first lady-elect cried upon hearing the news. 

"Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend—Trump might actually win—seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears—and not of joy."

The White House denies these claims. "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House," says White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


"Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy."

Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson for the first lady, also issued a statement: "Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for president and, in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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