EXCLUSIVE: 'She played the victim.' Melania Trump's former aide slams first lady's belated Capitol riot statement, saying it's 'disappointing' she spoke out only after she penned scathing op-ed condemning her

 Melania Trump's former aide has slammed the first lady's belated statement on the Capitol riot, exclusively telling DailyMail.com Melania 'played the victim' and only spoke out in response to her op-ed condemning her for not speaking out.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who authored the New York Times bestseller Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my Friendship with the First Lady, penned a scathing piece for The Daily Beast, saying she is 'ashamed' to have ever worked for Melania, adding she couldn't believe 'how blind I was to the depth of her deception and lack of common decency.'

On Monday, five days after the mob's attack, Melania finally put out a statement,  saying she 'absolutely condemns the violence', which was incited by her husband President Trump, and called for 'healing' as the couple prepares to leave office.

But Melania quickly pivoted to the 'salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me,' seemingly a reference to Wolkoff's article.

In response Wolkoff told DailyMail.com she was 'at a loss for words' when reading the statement.

She said: 'Melania played the victim role as she blamed others, including me, for attacking her. It's disappointing that she came out in response to my op-ed, instead of at her own volition with the feeling of a sense of responsibility and conviction as she claimed serving as the First Lady was an ''honor of my lifetime''.' 

 Melania Trump's former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff slammed the first lady's belated statement on the Capitol siege, exclusively telling DailyMail.com Melania 'played the victim' and only spoke out in response to her op-ed condemning her for not speaking out

On Monday, five days after the mob's attack, Melania finally put out a statement, saying she 'absolutely condemns the violence', which was incited by her husband President Trump, and called for 'healing' as the couple prepares to leave office

On Monday, five days after the mob's attack, Melania finally put out a statement, saying she 'absolutely condemns the violence', which was incited by her husband President Trump, and called for 'healing' as the couple prepares to leave office 

A mob of supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, sending lawmakers scurrying for cover. Five people died, including a police officer

She continued: 'I misjudged Melania's character and lack of moral compass, especially after reading how her ''heart goes out to'' the same violent rioters Donald claimed to ''love,'' before enticing them to walk down to the Capitol with him (which he did not).

'I came to terms with her deceit and deception towards me a long time ago, but I am astounded by her lack of empathy.

'As a mother, I find it astonishing that her attitude has become even more vacuous, detached and disconnected than ever before. I had to ask myself, was she always like this, or does she seem more cognitively isolated and in denial?

'As I said in Melania and Me, I gave her the benefit of the doubt about her moral character and I used to think she was different from her husband, but I was wrong about that. At their core, a Trump is a Trump is a Trump.'

Wolkoff said she understands how people can get duped into believing both Trump and Melania's rhetoric.

'The feeling of power alone is intoxicating, but when mixed with the power of persuasion from the President, it's a poisonous and deadly potion,' she explained.

'I do understand how persuasive the Trumps can be, especially when people are looking for a greater purpose, but they are pitting us against one another with falsehoods.

'The Trumps are not worried about what happens to anyone acting on their behalf, and that now includes one of the Trumps most fervent supporters, VP Pence.'

Wolkoff was an unpaid White House adviser to the first lady until February 2018, when her contract was terminated.  

Wolkoff said she understands how people can get duped into believing both Trump and Melania's rhetoric. 'The feeling of power alone is intoxicating, but when mixed with the power of persuasion from the President, it's a poisonous and deadly potion,' she explained

Wolkoff said she understands how people can get duped into believing both Trump and Melania's rhetoric. 'The feeling of power alone is intoxicating, but when mixed with the power of persuasion from the President, it's a poisonous and deadly potion,' she explained

Wolkoff said: 'I do understand how persuasive the Trumps can be, especially when people are looking for a greater purpose, but they are pitting us against one another with falsehoods'

Wolkoff said: 'I do understand how persuasive the Trumps can be, especially when people are looking for a greater purpose, but they are pitting us against one another with falsehoods'

Reports said she was ousted because Trump and Melania were angry over the spending for the January 2017 inauguration celebration but Wolkoff has long insisted that she wasn't fired, yet simply 'thrown under the bus'.

In January, Trump's inaugural committee was sued over allegations it had spent more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel for his inauguration celebration as part of a scheme to 'grossly overpay' for party space and enrich the president's own family in the process.

Wolkoff says she repeatedly raised questions about spending but she eventually came to be viewed as the problem. 

Melania's 600-word essay published by the White House, was filled with spelling errors - the name of the Air Force veteran who was shot dead was spelled wrong - and grammatical mistakes. 

The errors could perhaps be attributed to two of her key staff members quitting in protest of the president's handling of the riots: her chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham and social secretary Anna Cristina 'Rickie' Niceta.

Her statement also cast no blame for Wednesday's riot on her husband, who, at a rally earlier that day had encouraged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. 

As a White House source told The Mail on Sunday that during Wednesday's siege of the Capitol, the first lady was in the East Wing of the White House overseeing a photoshoot for a new coffee table book about presidential artifacts.

In her Daily Beast article, Wolkoff repeated earlier criticisms of the first lady, calling her an 'extension' of her husband who was there to 'soften his image' instead of leaving her own legacy. Wolkoff is seen far right alongside the Trumps in this undated file photo 

'The heart of US government was under siege, our very democracy on the line, but Mrs Trump was calmly arranging porcelain figurines for the photographer,' the source said, saying even the most loyal remaining Trump staffers were left 'dumbfounded' by her actions.

Aides even asked Melania to intercede on Wednesday, to force her husband to publicly decry the insurgency, but she refused.

'She said nothing. She remained silent and carried on arranging a vase for the shoot. She checked out of this presidency and her marriage a long time ago.' 

Wolkoff authored the NYT bestseller Melania and Me

Wolkoff authored the NYT bestseller Melania and Me

Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late senator John McCain and a frequent critic of the president, blasted Melania Trump for her statement.

'Five people died in a domestic terror attack on our own republic last week incited by her husband but Melania Trump is the victim in this?! Every morning I think I can't get more disgusted....,' Meghan McCain tweeted.  

While Melania has largely stayed quiet during Donald Trump's attempts to illegally reverse the election results, she has echoed the president's misleading language of 'counting legal votes' and has not publicly acknowledged Joe Biden's victory. 

But she wrote in her latest message that 'it has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your first lady', a tacit acknowledgement that her term is nearly over.  

Biden takes the oath of office on January 20th. 

It's unclear what's in store for Melania Trump after life in the White House. She has been reportedly looking at schools for son Barron in Florida but has made no indication she plans to keep up her 'Be Best' campaign or her work with the military once her husband leaves office. 

The first lady has been spending her final days in the White House behind closed doors. She and her husband have rarely been seen since their return from Florida on December 31st, where they were spending the holidays at Mar-a-Lago. 

EXCLUSIVE: 'She played the victim.' Melania Trump's former aide slams first lady's belated Capitol riot statement, saying it's 'disappointing' she spoke out only after she penned scathing op-ed condemning her EXCLUSIVE: 'She played the victim.' Melania Trump's former aide slams first lady's belated Capitol riot statement, saying it's 'disappointing' she spoke out only after she penned scathing op-ed condemning her Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:39 Rating: 5

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