Melania Trump Sees Husband Donald as A ‘Father Figure’ and Married Him for ‘Protection’
The theory that some women end up marrying men like their fathers holds true for Melania Trump and Donald Trump according to a new book about the women in the president’s life.
In Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women, out Tuesday, author Nina Burleigh writes that Mrs. Trump, 48, chose her husband, who is 24 years her senior at age 72, because she desired a “father figure” who could protect her.
“It’s about all that power and protection,” an “old friend” of Mrs. Trump’s from her home country of Slovenia allegedly said, according to Golden Handcuffs. “I think she needed a strong man, a father figure.”
The White House was quick to shut down all such claims.
“As usual, the claims made by anonymous sources in the book are not true,” Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, tells PEOPLE via email. “I’d also add that the author didn’t bother to reach out to fact check anything that she wrote.”
Golden Handcuffs explores the important women in President Donald Trump’s life, from his paternal grandmother and mother, to his wives and daughters. Burleigh, who covers politics for Newsweek, details how Trump’s third wife, born to a factory worker mother and a “tough,” chauffeur father, pursued fashion and modeling before meeting and marrying the older American billionaire.
One “family friend” told a Slovenian television channel that Mrs. Trump “married her father” in Trump, according to the book.
“They’re both hardworking,” Melania Trump said about her father and husband, according to a
April 2016 GQ interview that’s also cited in the book. “They’re both very smart and very capable. They grew up in totally different environments, but they have the same values, they have the same tradition. I myself am similar to my husband. Do you understand what I mean? So is my dad; he is a family man, he has tradition, he was hardworking. So is my husband.”