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New Book on Melania Trump Paints Picture of Politically Ambitious First Lady

A Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter has written an unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump that reportedly paints a very different portrait of the the former model than most people are used to seeing.

“The Art of Her Deal” by Mary Jordan comes out June 16. The author claims to have traveled to more than five countries and interviewed more than 100 people for the book.

She reportedly began working on the biography in 2015.

“The picture is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, deliberate, and who plays the long game,” Simon & Schuster said in an announcement Wednesday. “With the help of key people who speak publicly for the first time and never before seen documents and tapes, ‘The Art of Her Deal’ paints a surprising portrait of a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump.”

Although she’s often portrayed as a reluctant prisoner of the White House, the first lady is actually an enthusiastic booster of President Trump’s political ambitions, according to Jordan.

“The real Melania Trump is far more interesting than the image that many people have of her,” Jordan said in a statement. “She is already gearing up for 2020, and she wants to win as much as her husband does.”

Jordan has reportedly interviewed Melania Trump in her capacity as a reporter for the Post, but the White House declined her request to interview the first lady for the book.

The first lady on Wednesday released a brief video message thanking the medical personnel and other front-line responders fighting the coronavirus in the United States.

“It is because of you that the people of America are receiving the care and treatment they need,” the first lady says in the video, which was recorded as she stood outside on a White House balcony.

“We stand united with you and we salute your courageous and compassionate efforts. Our prayers are with all who are fighting this invisible enemy, COVID-19.”