The office of US First Lady Melania Trump has hit out at “false reporting” over speculation about marital strife in the White House.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, took to Twitter on Friday to blast “flat-out false reporting” about Mrs Trump that has emerged in recent days, AP News reports.
“BREAKING,” she wrote. “The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into ‘main stream media’ reporting.”
Grisham added that Mrs. Trump is focused on her family and role as first lady, “not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news.”
The tabloid Daily Mail reported Friday that Mrs. Trump has spent a number of nights at a D.C. hotel in the wake of reports of allegations by adult film star Stormy Daniels that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, shortly after he married Melania.
No, Melania Trump doesn’t have a body double — despite what you may have seen on the internet.
The bizarre rumor grew out of a Twitter post from a California man, who, according to his bio, sells hemp syrup. The tweet implied the first lady standing beside President Donald Trump last week wasn’t actually the first lady, but an imposter. He compared an older image of the first lady to a tight shot of her — as though this provided evidence that there are two different Trumps.
The East Wing dismissed the obvious falsehood, chastising those pursuing it, reports Fox6.
“Once again, we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the first lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.
Nonetheless, the social media engine roared, conspiracy theorists latched on, pointing to photographs of the first lady trailed by a Secret Service agent who has facial similarities, and the assumption grew that a body double exists.
That, however, is just a coincidence.
The US Secret Service did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. But Jonathan Wackrow, a CNN contributor and former Secret Service agent who has previously served on the first family detail, said definitively: “The United States Secret Service doesn’t use body doubles.”
“Mrs. Trump’s lead agent is a woman … and she happens to look a little like her, but physically, she is much shorter,” he said.
Further throwing cold water on the conspiracy theory, Wackrow said Trump’s lead agent just happens to be a woman — it could have just as easily been a male agent assigned. The lead agent has been on Trump’s protection team since the President took office.
“There are different dynamics in the both the optics and the response when it comes to comparing the President’s detail with the first lady’s,” he said.
The lead agent, according to Wackrow, spent time on a previous assignment with the Obama family, which made her a good fit for Melania Trump.
“Those are the sorts of details considered, not at all whether an agent is some sort of body double,” he said.
Those still curious can check out the real Melania Trump on Friday, when she is slated to attend a ceremony to donate her inaugural ball gown to the Smithsonian — it’s also not a knock-off.
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