Transcript for First lady fires back at former best friend over memoir, leaked audio tapes
We turn to our cover story. Melania trump is firing back at Stephanie Winston wolkoff who wrote an essay of their audio recordings of their conversations. Terry Moran has the story. Terry. Reporter: Good morning, George. Like most first ladies Melania tries to steer clear of controversy but taking a public stand against this tell-all book because she says what she calls its salacious claims are interfering with her work on behalf of children. This morning, first lady Melania trump is fighting back taking on her former friend and adviser who wrote a book about her personal life and released secret audio recordings of their conversations to CNN. They say I'm complicated. I'm the same like him. I support him. I don't say enough. Reporter: Melania trump who's heard venting to Stephanie Winston wolkoff in the tapes from 2018 is now blasting the release as pettiness writing in a letter on the white house website, these kinds of people only care about their personal agenda, not about helping others. In the recordings the two are heard discussing the controversial policy to separate children from their parents at the u.s./mexico border. They sleep on the floor. They are -- they are -- there's nothing. They are taking care nicely there but, yeah, they are not with parent, it's sad but when they come here alone or with coyotes or illegally, you know, you need to do something. Reporter: These recordings were released the same night the president and first lady revealed they had tested positive for covid-19. And now the first lady is fighting back saying she secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character. The justice department is now going a step further. Government lawyers filing a civil lawsuit against wolkoff accused of breaching a nondisclosure agreement. It has so many claims in it that are false that weren't covered by the nda. We'll see what happens. Reporter: She is also respond fog the first lady's letter in a statement to ABC news writing, I wrote this book to share with the public my experience of working with Melania, our 15-year friendship and her ultimate betrayal. This portrait is not all flattering but it's the truth and Americans deserve the truth about the occupants of the white house. In August wolkoff told linsey Davis that Melania changed over the year. I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was different than Donald and the other other trump children. And now? A trump is a trump is a trump. Reporter: So the first lady has also written in that post that wine ston wolkoff, the author of the book hardly knew wolkoff responding in a statement to ABC news I find it puzzling that the first lady of the United States asked someone she hardly knew to attend her nuptials, to join her for countless lumps and plan the presidential inauguration, stay over at the white house and act as her senior adviser. Terry Moran, thanks very much.
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