“Melania was never working on policy, no excuses. But again, a very difficult road to go down with as far as what the White House was willing to open her avenue to participate,” Wolkoff told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” Wednesday.
Asked by CNN why Trump would use a private email after her husband’s attacks against Clinton, Wolkoff said Wednesday, “Does it really surprise you? … I think the Trumps are the Trumps. And they do whatever they want to do and they go by their own rules. It’s unfortunate.”
Wolkoff also told CNN that she and Trump corresponded on private email accounts because Wolkoff lacked access to a White House email account for the first month.
Wolkoff told the Post that Trump used a private Trump Organization email account, a MelaniaTrump.com email account, iMessage and Signal, an encrypted messaging app.
The Post reported Tuesday that it viewed messages that appeared to be from Trump discussing government hires and contracts, the Trumps’ schedules for the Israeli and Japanese state visits, the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative, the White House Easter egg roll, and the presidential inauguration finances.
CNN has reached out to the East Wing for comment.
The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham previously told CNN that Wolkoff’s book was “not truthful” and said Wolkoff overstated her friendship with Trump.
“This book is not only wildly self-aggrandizing, it’s just not truthful. It is an exercise in bizarre twisting of the truth and misguided blame for the sake of self-pity. It’s unfortunate and concerning that she’s overstated their friendship and her very brief role in the White House to this degree,” Grisham said.
CNN’s Kate Bennett and Sara Murray contributed to this report.