According to a new book by Ronald Kessler Melania Trump is more influential in The White House than previously thought.
â€œDonald Trump understands that they are problems and has said to them, â€˜Maybe you should go back to New York,â€™â€ Kessler said. â€œâ€¦He certainly isnâ€™t going to fire a family member, so they remain the Teflon aides.â€
The book credits first lady Melania Trump for sharp political instincts, wielding influence behind the scenes and getting Trump to agree to launch his presidential campaign.
â€œShe got him to run,â€ Kessler said. â€œHe was sort of pussy-footing around about running and she said, â€˜You have to declare your candidacy.â€™ And thatâ€™s what happened.â€
At the White House, the first lady will sit in on meetings with cabinet officers and disagree with Trump, he said.
â€œHer judgment is spectacular,â€ said Kessler, who then quipped about her model looks. â€œAnd we have pictures of her as well, which will certainly sell a book.â€
As for outgoing communications director Hope Hicks, Kessler said she pushed the â€œFire and Furyâ€ book along with Bannon.
â€œI donâ€™t think that shows her judgment is that wonderful,â€ Kessler said. â€œEveryone loves her. Sheâ€™s very enthusiastic about Trump, but to me that is not a good sign.â€
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