Melania Trump on Friday blasted her ex-friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a tell-all e-book about her relationship with the primary woman, saying the creator “hardly knew me” and was “making an attempt to distort my character” and needs to be “trying inside at her personal dishonest conduct.”

The assertion from the publicly guarded first woman comes after the Justice Division this week took the extraordinary step of submitting swimsuit in opposition to Winston Wolkoff over “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with The First Girl,” a New York Occasions bestseller that was launched six weeks in the past.

Trump didn’t point out Winston Wolkoff by identify, however the particulars within the assertion, which was framed as selling the primary woman’s Be Finest initiative, left little doubt as to whom she was referring.

“BE BEST has one easy goal — to assist kids,” Trump wrote. “It serves to supply the instruments kids want to arrange them for his or her futures,” however “most of the time, data that might be useful to kids is misplaced within the noise made by self-serving adults. I’ve most lately discovered this to be the case as main information shops eagerly coated salacious claims made by a former contractor who suggested my workplace.”

The primary woman described Winston Wolkoff as a “one who stated she ‘made me’ regardless that she hardly knew me, and somebody who clung to me after my husband received the presidency. This can be a girl who secretly recorded our cellphone calls, releasing parts from me that have been out of context, then wrote a e-book of idle gossip making an attempt to distort my character.”

Trump stated that Winston Wolkoff blames her within the e-book “for dangerous information protection that she introduced upon herself and others. By no means as soon as trying inside at her personal dishonest conduct and all in an try and be related. These varieties of individuals solely care about their private agenda — not about serving to others.”

Winston Wolkoff, a longtime pal of Trump’s who labored as an unpaid adviser for her within the White Home, wrote the e-book after she felt the primary woman had thrown her below the bus following questions on spending for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Winston Wolkoff was one of many organizers of the inaugural occasions together with billionaire Tom Barrack and deputy marketing campaign chairman Rick Gates. Spending for the inauguration later grew to become the topic of an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan and a lawsuit by Washington, D.C.’s legal professional normal.

The e-book was full of embarrassing episodes involving the primary woman, together with her mocking “princess” Ivanka Trump and downplaying the impression of kid separations on the border. Winston Wolkoff taped a number of of her dialog with Trump, together with one during which she bemoaned having to be concerned in adorning the White Home for Christmas. “Who offers a f— in regards to the Christmas stuff and decorations?” Trump stated in a single recorded dialog.

Winston Wolkoff instructed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow final month that she felt she had no alternative however to report the primary woman.

“Melania and the White Home had accused me of prison exercise, and publicly shamed and fired me and made me their scapegoat,” Wolkoff stated. “At that second of time, that is after I pressed report. She was not my pal.”

The lawsuit filed by the Justice Division prices Winston Wolkoff signed a “gratuitous providers settlement” in 2017 to function an adviser to Melania Trump and that publication of the e-book violates a confidentiality clause within the settlement. It asks the e-book’s earnings be positioned right into a belief and that Wolkoff cowl the prices and charges of the Justice Division’s attorneys.

Winston Wolkoff instructed NBC Information earlier this week “I’m defending myself in opposition to the defamatory falsehoods in line with my constitutional rights to defend my fame and set the report straight.”