Ex-Friend: Melania Trump Painted Rosy Picture Of Child Detention Camps

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Stephanie Winston Wolkoff says Melania Trump told her conditions at facilities holding migrant children weren't so bad.

A former friend and adviser of the First Lady claims Melania Trump told her that facilities holding migrant children in Texas were not as horrible as was reported in the news, according to The Week.

  • Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote in her new book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady, that Trump spoke to her about her 2018 trip to a Texas facility holding migrant children.
  • Wolkoff states that she is directly quoting Trump when she writes that the First Lady said children she met at the facility were "brought in by coyotes, the bad people who are trafficking, and that's why the kids were put in shelters. They're not with their parents, and it's sad. But the patrols told me the kids say, 'Wow I get a bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?' It's more than they have in their own country where they sleep on the floor. They are taking care nicely there."
  • The former friend also writes that Trump told her mothers had taught their children to say, "I'm going to be killed by gangs!" in order to be allowed entry into the U.S.

"They are using that line and it's not true," she said Trump told her. "They don't want to stay in Mexico because Mexico doesn't take care of them the same as America does."

  • While speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, The Week reports that “Winston Wolkoff said these were the first lady's exact words, and there is ‘no way to fabricate any of my story.’"

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