President Donald Trump is no stranger to stretching the truth and exaggerating figures. From uninformed remarks to blatant lies, Trump’s first year in office can be characterized by a trend of fictions.
The president has lied about the size of his inauguration crowd, how many times he was featured on magazine covers, has exaggerated the effects of his policies such as deportation numbers, and many more lies. It can even be argued that his political career is founded on a lie (with the Obama birther movement).
Now, it is being reported that Trump’s engagement to Melania also featured a public lie.
More than ten years ago, Donald Trump married Melania Knauss (now Trump). Graff Diamonds, the popular diamond sellers, broke headlines by contributing to the wedding with the sale of a 15-carat, $1.5 million engagement ring.
“Only a fool would say, ‘No thank you, I want to pay a million dollars more for a diamond,”‘ Mr. Trump said proudly after claiming to have bought the ring at half the original price, which fashionably sports an emerald cut D-flawless diamond weighing more than 10 carats.
But when Trump had told The New York Times in 2005 that Graff Diamonds gave him an approximately $1 million discount on the engagement ring, the future president of the United States was not being forthcoming, as Forbes recently discovered.
Graff Diamon’s chairman Laurence Graff said in an email on January 26th that Trump was “a pleasure to do business with” but that he was given “no favours” when he bought the ring.
Graff Diamonds CFO Nicholas Paine supported the claim, stating that “we don’t sell items for publicity value.” According to Trump, publicity value was what Graff was seeking with the purported discount. While the ring retailed for $1.5 million, Graff and Paine have declined to specify any price.
Also, a third source, who has direct knowledge of the transaction, said Trump lied to the Times. “He paid for [the ring] in full, and he paid immediately,” claimed the source.
In another case, Trump also paid in full for a second Graff diamond ring that he bought for Melania as a celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary. The ring reportedly weighed 25 carats and cost $3 million. The First Lady displayed the flashy ring in her official White House portrait. She immediately came under fire for doing so.
Neither the White House nor the First Lady’s office has responded to the repeated emails requesting comment.