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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 12, 2020 - 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON - First lady Melania Trump delayed her move to Washington after Donald Trump became president to gain leverage in renegotiating her prenuptial agreement, according to a new book. The White House denounced the book after it became public on Friday.

Mary Jordan, author of the book “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump,” wrote that the 2016 campaign had been rife with reports about Trump’s alleged infidelities and the first lady was learning new details about them from media reports.

Jordan, a reporter for The Washington Post, writes that the incoming first lady wanted time to cool off and amend her financial arrangement with Trump to ensure the financial future of both herself and their son, Barron. Melania Trump has said that she wanted to wait until the end of the school year to move to Washington.

“During the presidential campaign, Melania felt that a lot had changed since she signed her prenup," Jordan writes, citing interviews with several people close to the Trumps. "She had been with him a long time — longer than any other woman. She believed she made crucial contributions to his success. There was talk that Trump likely wouldn’t return to overseeing the Trump Organization after running the country and Melania wanted to ensure that Barron got his rightful share of inheritance, particularly if Ivanka (the president’s daughter) took the reins of the family business.”

“While she sorted out her plans as first lady, and a new school for her son, she also worked on getting her husband to sign a more generous financial deal for her and Barron,” according to the book, which will be published June 16. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.

According to The Washington Post, Jordan conducted more than 100 interviews for her book, including with the first lady's schoolmates in her native Slovenian and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said the book was based on inaccurate information. “Yet another book about Mrs. Trump with false information and sources,” Grisham said in an emailed statement. “This book belongs in the fiction genre.”

The first lady and Barron, who was 11 at the time, settled into the White House in early June 2017 and she seemed visibly happier by mid-2018, the book said.

“According to three people close to Trump, a key reason was that she had finally reached a new and significantly improved financial agreement with Trump, which had left her in a noticeably better financial position,” Jordan wrote. “Those sources did not know precisely what she sought, but it was not simply more money.”

“She wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance, Barron would be treated as more of an equal to Trump’s oldest three children. Among the items under discussion was involvement in the family business, the Trump Organization, and ownership of Trump property. One person aware of the negotiations noted that Barron has Slovenian citizenship so he could be especially well-positioned if the teenager ever wanted to be involved in a Trump business in Europe. Melania wanted and got options for him.”

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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Bridgewater, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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