KEY POINTS

  • The former first lady also shared her husband's "low opinion" of late Sen. John McCain: Report
  • Melania has been married to Donald Trump since 2005
  • Even Donald Trump did not expect himself to win in 2016: Book

Former First Lady Melania Trump never expected her husband to win the presidency during the 2016 election, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has revealed.

In an interview for the Business Insider’s 2016 oral history of how Donald Trump won the seat in the White House and the Republican Party, his former lawyer shared the reason why Melania was rarely seen on her husband’s campaign trail. 

“Melania played a very limited role during the campaign not believing Donald would actually win. However, when directly asked for her opinion on a matter by Donald, she offered it readily,” Cohen said. 

His remarks echo the claims made in the book “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” written by Mary Jordan where she said that even Trump did not expect himself to win. 

“The election night win came as a surprise even to Trump, according to many on his campaign, and little preparation had been done for what came next,” Jordan wrote in her book, as reported by CNN. “Trump had even talked about going to one of his golf courses in Scotland immediately after the election so he didn't have to watch Hillary Clinton bask in her success.”

In the Insider’s oral history, the former first lady was also revealed to have shared her husband’s opinion of the late Sen. John McCain, agreeing that he was “not a war hero.”

“You're right. John McCain isn't a war hero. What he has done for the veterans has been shameful,” Melania Trump had said, according to the account of political commentator Corey R. Lewandowski. 

The former first lady’s office, however, denied Lewandowski’s account and dismissed it as “inaccurate.” 

"Mrs. Trump respects and values all service men and women who have served and are currently serving our great Nation," her office said in an email to the Insider, as reported by Yahoo News

Melania and Donald Trump tied the knot in 2005 in a $42 million-dollar ballroom at Mar-a-Lago after meeting at the Kit Kat Club in New York City in 1998. It is unclear whether the former first lady lives with her husband.  

Melania Trump, seen here on January 20, 2021 which was the last day of her husband's presidency, cut a fashionable but distant figure Melania Trump, seen here on January 20, 2021 which was the last day of her husband's presidency, cut a fashionable but distant figure Photo: AFP / ALEX EDELMAN