Showing posts with label Politician’s Wife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Politician’s Wife. Show all posts

November 5, 2016

Ivanna Trump Worked Illegally in the US Earning Thousands




Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has put illegal immigration issues at the forefront of his campaign. But a new report claims that his wife, Melania Trump, worked in the United States before she had obtained a work visa and allegedly illegally earned over $20,000.
According to the Associated Press, Melania was paid $20,056 over seven weeks for 10 modeling jobs in the United States in 1996 while she was on a B1/B2 visitor visa. The news outlet cites detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago in their reporting.
The B1/B2 visitor visa allowed Melania to stay in the U.S. to look for work, but not to perform paid work in the country. Melania, through immigration attorney Michael J. Wildes, released a statement on Oct. 5 confirming she came to the United States from Slovenia on August 27, 1996 and pursued a B-1/B-2 visitor visa. However, Wildes also said that Trump didn’t obtain her work visa until nearly two months later. 


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“Shortly, therefore, on October 18, 1996, the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia issued Mr. Trump her first H1-B visa, a category which authorizes employment as a model in the United States. Mrs. Trump was thereafter consistently issued H1-B visas, five in total, between October 1996 and 2001, at which point she became a lawful permanent resident, or ‘green card’ holder,” Wildes wrote.
Documents provided to the AP, however, indicate that Melania was paid for work between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15 — therefore making the income earned outside of the bounds of her visa.
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Wildes did issue a statement to the AP after reviewing their source material — which they said included ledgers, accounting documents and a management agreement signed by Melania from Metropolitan International Management.
He told the AP that “these documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps.” The AP said he did not elaborate or answer additional questions asking for clarification.  
In August, she responded to reportsquestioning the legality of her immigration.
“Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period,” she said in a statement on Twitter. “Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue. In July 2006, I proudly became a U.S. citizen. Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in this great nation and I share my husband’s love for our country.”The potential first lady has refused to make her immigration papers public, despite a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump.

Report stating that Melania Trump’s former records suggest that she was on a tourist visa when she was modeling and therefore not allowed to work.

 On Thursday, she talked about her decision to come to the United States while giving a speech for her husband.
“As a young entrepreneur, I wanted to follow my dream to a place where freedom and opportunity were in abundance. So of course, I came here,” Melania said. “Living and working in America was a true blessing — but I wanted something more. I wanted to be an American.”

BY @NINEDAVES
People Magazine
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*In 1971, she married real estate agent Alfred Winklemeier, but they were divorced in 1973. In 1975 she left Czechoslovakia for Canada to be with a childhood friend, George Syrovatka, who owned a ski boutique there. For the following two years she lived in Montreal and worked as a model for some of Canada's top fur companies. She then left Syrovatka and moved to New York to promote the Montreal Olympics.

It was in New York that she met Donald Trump, son of prominent real estate developer Fred Trump. On April 7, 1977, she married Donald John Trump, in a lavish society wedding. Donald and Ivana Trump became leading figures in New York's high society and business during the 1980s. 

September 2, 2016

Melania Trump Hires “The Hulk” Attorney to Sue Publication and a Blogger




Melania Trump, wife of the Republican nominee for U.S. President, filed a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against Mail Media, parent company of the UK publication, The Daily Mail, as well as a blogger named Webster Griffin Tarpley.

In a complaint lodged in Maryland Circuit Court, Ms. Trump is taking issue with an Aug. 19 article entitled, "Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won't go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump's Slovenian wife."

She is represented by Charles Harder, the same attorney who handled Hulk Hogan's privacy suit in a victory for the former professional wrestler that bankrupted Gawker Media with a $140 million verdict.

The story in The Daily Mail covered Trump's journey to New York in the mid-1990s and raised questions about her past based on "highly-charged, lesbian-themed, nude photographs," the exact timing of when she traveled to the U.S. on a visa, and her stint working for a modeling agency. The article relied on the work of a Slovenian journalist who had co-authored an unauthorized biography of Ms. Trump as well as a report early last month in a Slovenian magazine to make the claim that her modeling agency was run by a New York entrepreneur, who allegedly also operated an escort agency for wealthy clients.

The article stated, "What Melania's [composite card] looked like only the people involved know, but it is no coincidence she got a rich husband."

According to Trump's lawsuit, "The statements of fact in the Daily Mail Article are false. Plaintiff did legitimate and legal modeling work for legitimate business entities and did not work for any 'gentleman's club' or 'escort' agencies. Plaintiff was not a sex worker, escort or prostitute in any way, shape or form, nor did she ever have a composite or presentation card for the sex business. Plaintiff did not come to the United States until 1996. Thus, Plaintiff did not, and could not have participated in a photo shoot in the United States or met her current husband in the United States prior to that time."

The lawsuit follows legal threats sent out by Trump's lawyer to a number of publications including Politico. 

Trump asserts that the The Daily Mail consciously doubted the truth of the claims in the article, but decided to publish it anyway, and that reporters there can't simply rely on "unsubstantiated" claims and "an unauthorized book written by malicious and bitter 'reporters' who have never met or spoken to Ms. Trump."

"The conduct of Daily Mail was despicable, abhorrent, intentional, malicious and oppressive, and thus justifies an award of punitive damages," states the complaint.

Besides defamation, Trump is also suing for tortious interference, contending that the published statements have gotten in the way of her "numerous" licensing and endorsement deals.

As for Tarpley, there's not much background on who this person is besides that he's an individual residing in Gaithersburg, Maryland and runs a blog on his own website.

In early April, Tarpley is said to have published a post entitled, "Where Is Melania Trump."

According to the complaint, the post talked about "rumors" that she was having an "apoplectic fit" after the "plagiarism incident" at the GOP convention. Tarpley's blog also mentioned she was "reportedly obsessed by fear of salacious revelations by wealthy clients from her time as a high-end escort."

Among the many many other statements in the blog post, Tarpley also allegedly wrote, "It is speculated that Trump will attempt to hide Melania's breakdown and rejection of campaigning from the media and the public for as long as possible."

Tarpley is said to have removed the blog post on Aug. 22 and published an apology and retraction. Nevertheless, he’s being sued in what could be a message to all others out there on the internet who might gossip about Donald Trump’s wife.

Eriq Gardner




This lawsuit will bring into the open Melania Trump’s past way beyond what was published about her.  Is this what she wants?   She is married to someone with a good track record of suing when he is displeased about what is being said. Needless to say they could not be happy with the Daily Mail story.
On Aug. 23 Adamfoxie Blog posted a story from Vanity Fair in which it claimed Melania Trump lied to the government on her schooling when she applied for a permit to work in the US.
{http://adamfoxie.blogspot.com/2016/08/trumps-wife-bites-bullet-one-more-time.html}

August 23, 2016

Trump’s Wife Bites the Bullet One More Time: This Time She Lied ‘Under Oath'


She’s lied but also hung out to dry


It’s only been a few days since Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway joined the Trump campaign in hopes of refocusing his freewheeling, fact-averse campaign and restoring a veneer of professionalism by Election Day. And Donald Trump’s new conservative media messaging masters are trying—forcing the long-winded billionaire to read off teleprompters and edging him away from some of his most incendiary stances.

But no campaign reboot is capable of fortifying a campaign built on fictions. This time, the problem stems from the candidate’s wife, Melania Trump. In a report exploring the fate of the former model’s caviar-based skin-care line, Racked inadvertently stumbled upon a 2013 court deposition in which she said, under oath, that she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

“Would you please explain to the Judge your formal education including what schools you attended and from which you graduated?” an attorney asked, according to a transcript pulled by Racked.

“I attended and graduated from design school, from Fashion and Industrial Design School and also attended, graduated from architecture degree, bachelor degree,” she responded. (I attempted to find the same section of transcript through court filings, but the documents online were truncated. I did find a portion in which a lawyer seemed to have just asked her about her education in an October 2013 deposition, since his follow-up question was, “between the time you completed college studies around 1992 until the formation of Melania, LLC in 2009, could you tell us about what other business activities you were engaged in?”)

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Melania’s degree, or lack thereof, has come under the microscope before. Earlier this summer, the Republican National Convention published a biography of the third Mrs. Trump, in its official convention program, in which she was described as having obtained “a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia.” Before her Web site was scrubbed entirely and started redirecting visitors to her husband’s page, the official bio on her site boasted the same credentials.

A number of reports, however, have suggested otherwise. Politico reporter Julia Ioffe, who wrote a profile about Melania that was ultimately derided by Melania herself, noted that Mrs. Trump had dropped out after a year. The New Yorker reported the same in May, and The New York Times in July. Both publications found that Melania dropped out of college, despite her claim to have received a degree.

To be clear, it doesn’t make much difference one way or another whether Melania has a bachelor’s degree in architecture or whether she never set foot in a classroom. She isn’t running for president, or designing anything, for that matter, so her exact accreditation means very little. It’s hard to imagine that any voter would deem her husband more fit to run the country because his wife had a design degree from a university in Eastern Europe. And Melania certainly wouldn’t be the first entrepreneur to have achieved success without graduating from college.

But the revelation that Melania may have lied under oath is concerning for two reasons. First, it points to the Trump campaign’s underlying tolerance for playing fast and loose with the truth—from the candidate’s repeated claims to have been against the Iraq War, despite documentation of his past support for the invasion, to claims about the size of his fortune (or hands, for that matter), to ongoing obfuscation about the breadth of his charitable donations.

More troubling is how Melania, despite repeatedly indicating she does not want to be a public figure, has repeatedly been hung out to dry under the campaign spotlight. In the most high-profile incident, Melania was pilloried when it became clear that the speech she delivered at the R.N.C. borrowed lines that First Lady Michelle Obama had delivered years earlier. A Trump Organization staffer appeared to take the fall for the mistake, but her statements still pointed the finger back at Melania (it certainly took all blame away from Trump or anyone else on his campaign staff). More recently, the campaign limelight cast a shadow on the legitimacy of her visa status as an immigrant in the mid-1990s.


Melania, who shuttered her Web site in the days following the Republican convention, tweeted in July that it had been taken down because it no longer accurately reflected her current business and professional interests. In recent days, Trump’s campaign has left a similar black mark on his daughter, Ivanka’s, business. The media pounced on reports that her brand has a licensing agreement with a company that reportedly does not offer paid maternity leave and hires unpaid interns—both choices that seem to fly in the face of what the #womenwhowork advocate says she stands for.

But Donald Trump winning was always more important than doing right by his wife or his daughter and their ambitions. After all, he’s a man who once called letting his wife work a “very dangerous thing.”. By his own admission, Trump has, from the get-go, put his vision quest for the White House before his wife’s wishes. “She said, ‘We have such a great life. Why do you want to do this?’” he told The Washington Post in April. “I said, ‘I sort of have to do it, I think. I really have to do it.’ . . . I could do such a great job.”

College degree or not, Melania is sharp enough to have seen the bus coming straight towards her. It’s her husband who has repeatedly left her right in its path.

Emily Jane Fox is a VF.com news writer covering Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the .001 percent everywhere. She lives in New York City.


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