PUBLISHED: 12:03, Fri, Sep 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:04, Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Melania Trump, 50, married President Donald Trump, 74, in 2005 but has faced repeated accusations in the past few years that their marriage is fake. The First Lady has denied all claims as her former assistant Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has called it a "transactional marriage". Ms Wolfoff, who has published a book titled Melania and Me detailing her experiences but the book has been dismissed by Melania's chief of staff, Stephanie Grishman, who had previously told reporters the friendship has been "overstated".
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Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Ms Wolkoff said: "Melania to everyone else is an enigma.
"Melania has this wall around her, it's impenetrable, it's steel. It's kept her mysterious to the world.
"Nothing behind that is what represents the true Melania. The mysteriousness, the ability to keep that wall up has enabled her to keep this mystique.
"This sphinx-like being that everyone is wondering if that is really who she is and it's lead to a lot of conversations, 'Is she a victim? Is she locked up? Is she going to divorce him?'
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"The reality is perception for the Trumps is everything, we know that.
"It's been written about by Ivanka's own words."
BBC presenter Kirsty Wark asked: "You describe their engagement in 2004 as either a magic moment or making a deal. Is it a transaction? Do you believe that?"
Ms Wolfoff replied: "I do