- Author Michael Wolff's new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' says Melania Trump was crying on election night
- 'Melania was in tears - and not of joy,' Wolff wrote, suggesting the now first lady never wanted the job and hoped her husband would lose the race
- Since excerpts of the dishy new book have come out, the White House has responded forcefully calling it a work of fiction
The first lady's spokeswoman is forcefully pushing back at author Michael Wolff's account of Melania Trump's reaction to her husband winning the presidency.
In excerpts from Wolff's dishy new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' the future FLOTUS is visibly upset on election night as things turn around for the Trump campaign.
'Melania was in tears—and not of joy,' Wolff wrote.
A new book says that Melania Trump (right) was visibly crying, and not of joy, on election night upon hearing that her husband had won the race. She stood next to son Barron Trump (left) as her husband gave his early morning acceptance speech
The new president-elect (left) embraces Melania Trump (right) who was reportedly crying on election night, over not wanting to be first lady
First lady Melania Trump's (right) communications director said author Michael Wolff's new book, which said the future first lady cried with despair on election night, was going to be 'sold in the bargain fiction section'
President-elect Trump (left) gives a fist pump as soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump (right) looks at the crowd of supporters in the early morning hours after election night
Soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump (left) stands alongside the president-elect's daughter Ivanka Trump at the Hilton Midtown in New York City on November 9, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump (left) gives a thumbs up to his Midtown Manhattan crowd as he and the soon-to-be first lady (right) take the stage after winning the presidential election
The author also noted that it looked like Donald Trump 'had seen a ghost,' according to the excerpt published by New York Magazine.
According to Wolff the idea was that Trump would win by losing.
'Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary,' the author wrote.
And it wouldn't work out well just for Trump.
His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner would be 'international celebrities' after the campaign, while his campaign's Chief Executive Steve Bannon would become 'the de facto head of the tea-party movement.'
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, would go on to be a 'cable-news star,' Wolff wrote.
'Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn't become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching,' Wolff said.
The women of the Trump White House pushed back against many of the book's assertions, including that Melania Trump had cried.
'The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section,' began the first lady's Communications Director Stephanie Grisham.
'Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so,' Grisham said in a statement put out Wednesday. 'She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.'
The book also says Melania Trump seemed 'on the verge of tears' during her husband's inauguration.
More broadly, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the tome was 'filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House.'
'Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy,' Huckabee Sanders said of Wolff's sources.
Melania Trump delayed moving to Washington in 2017 until son Barron was out of school for the summer and since taking over the role of first lady has participated sporadically in public events.
The book also insinuates that the president and first lady have separate bedrooms, being the first, first couple to do so since John and Jackie Kennedy.
Trump, Wolff said, wanted a lock for his room, much to the chagrin of the Secret Service.
One of the key sources for the book was former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who the president is now 'furious' and 'disgusted' by, according to Huckabee Sanders.
The press secretary also suggested that Bannon would no longer be invited socially to the White House.
'Since those are controlled by the first lady I think her statement is pretty clear on her position as well,' Huckabee Sanders said.