In what could be a major reversal of her agreement to prior terms, former first lady Melania Trump has reportedly renegotiated her prenuptial agreement with former President Donald Trump, a move that could be the result of his mounting legal challenges as well as the possibility that the family could return to the White House in early 2025, as Page Six reports.
Insiders suggested to the Post that this is not the first time the couple's agreement has been tweaked, but that talks about the latest change in terms have been “quietly” taking place over the course of the last year.
Upon hearing the news of a renegotiation of the Trumps' contract, critics were likely prepared to swoop in with rumors of an impending split, but according to an insider who spoke to the Post, such suppositions are off the mark.
The former first lady is not poised to depart the marriage, the source explained, but is taking steps to ensure that future funds for her son Barron are secure as well as substantial.
A second source said of the new agreement, “I know that she wanted it to provide her with more money, and also – from what I understand – there's a specific amount at minimum that Barron is supposed to obtain.”
“This agreement was necessary because of the current legal battles...[Donald] has suffered – including potential payouts in New York Attorney General Letitia James' sprawling, $250 million civil case against Trump and his real estate business, as well as a court order for him to pay $5 million to E. Jean Carroll for defaming her,” the other inside source declared.
The bottom line for Mrs. Trump, according to insiders, is the fact that “[Donald] Trump remains very rich, but with mounting legal bills and judgements” a new agreement would “provide a more solid future” for Melania and Barron, regardless of what happens in the future.
Taking care to construe things accurately, the source added, “[i]t's not that she threatened to leave him,” but noted, “[i]t's definitely the underlying idea.”
As the Intelligencer reported, citing a 2020 book by Mary Jordan of the Washington Post, the agreement between Donald and Melania Trump was also renegotiated following the 2016 election.
Ongoing discussions about new terms, Jordan claimed, were the real reason Melania Trump delayed her move into the White House, not the continuation of Barron's schooling, as was publicly claimed.
Despite her husband's current legal difficulties and the arduous presidential campaign still ahead of him, Mrs. Trump has publicly declared her enthusiasm for the prospect of another four years in the White House.
Earlier this year, she told Fox News Digital that she would consider it a “privilege” to serve as first lady once more and that she would be proud to work together with her husband in “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength."
“My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again,” Mrs. Trump stated, emphatically countering suggestions that her marriage was on its last legs.
Rather, it appears that with her savvy renegotiation of her and her son's financial futures in the face of relentless attacks on her husband from all corners, Melania Trump seems to have mastered “the art of the deal” in her own right.