AceShowbiz - Melania Trump is allegedly in denial amid her husband Donald Trump's indictment on criminal charges. If a former friend of the former model is to be trusted, she keeps her silence on the matter as her way to survive.
Melania wasn't present when her husband delivered his first speech at Mar-a-Lago since his arraignment on Tuesday, April 4. Former Melania aide and best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff said her absence wasn't unexpected though.
"Melania lives in an ivory tower of denial," Stephanie, who previously revealed that the former First Lady referred to Stormy Daniels as "the porn hooker," tells Page Six. "I never expected to see her there. Her silence is deliberate, it is her weapon of choice and her protective armor."
Stephanie, who was Melania's advisor until 2018, said of the Slovenian-born beauty, "Of course she knows about Donald's affairs, she knows everything. But her silence is her dignity. She will stand by her husband, as she always does. I don't think Melania is humiliated by his affairs - but she is angry."
Despite the unfavorable situation, Melania isn't likely to go anywhere. "Still she isn't leaving him," Stephanie adds. "This is a transactional marriage, she knew what she was getting into when she married Donald. Her means of survival is to just act like it never happened."
The former senior Vogue staffer claims, "Privately, Melania says people are just jealous, and she hoped the Stormy Daniels scandal would be swept under the carpet. Her way of coping is to never let her feelings show or affect her. I predict we will see her back at his side at the next social event at Mar-a-Lago."
Stephanie additionally believes that Melania will avoid situations where she might be quizzed by the media about her husband at all costs. She explains, "Melania believes she doesn't have to answer or explain herself to anyone, so she's not going to put herself in that position."
Donald pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records when he surrendered to the Manhattan District Attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon. He then flew back to Florida, where he delivered a fiery speech, claiming, "The only crime that I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it."
Meanwhile, Melania was last seen with her husband last week, when they went for a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort not long after his indictment.