The Real Reason Why Donald Trump Lied About How Much He Spent On Melania’s Engagement Ring
President Donald Trump is not known for his utmost honesty and transparency. Instead, the American people have become far too familiar with his vague, one-sided, and misleading stances on very important topics. Trump’s “misinformation” leans more on the side of lying than ignorance. But as far as anyone can tell, this is just his modus operandi.
An odd thing to lie about, though, is not how much a person paid for something, but how little they paid. Strangely enough, that’s what Trump did. After blatantly lying about how little he paid for then-fiancee Melania Trump’s engagement ring, the jewelry store chairman came forward to debunk the claim. Without further ado, here’s the real reason why Donald Trump lied about the price tag of Melania’s ring.
1. Men lie about how much they pay for engagement rings all the time
Stretching the truth when it comes to how much men pay for engagement rings is common, and the lie is largely based on the feeling that the bigger the rock, the bigger the love. The thing is, men are typically lying about spending more than they actually did, not less. For Trump, his very public lie was in regards to spending less on Melania’s ring, not more.
Next: Here is what Trump claimed about the price of Melania’s ring.
2. He claimed to have received a $1 million discount on the ring
An entertaining characteristic about Trump is that he chooses to lie about topics that are easily disproved or debunked. So, back in 2005, he visited global jeweler Graff Diamonds and selected a D-flawless, emerald-cut, 15-carat diamond engagement ring for Melania.
After purchasing the ring, Trump openly claimed that Graff slashed the price of the diamond for him by $1 million. The New York Times put the claim in print, and it grabbed attention.
Next: But this is what POTUS actually paid.
3. He actually paid the full $1.5 million price tag
Unfortunately, Trump’s claim of the killer deal grabbed the wrong person’s attention — Graff Diamond’s chairman Laurence Graff. Cue the debunking.
Graff informed both the Times and Forbes that Trump received absolutely no such deal from them. Instead, he claimed that (surprisingly) Trump was great to work with, but he paid full price for Melania’s engagement ring — $1.5 million.
Next: Different strokes for different folks. Here’s why Trump lied.
4. Trump wants people to think he’s constantly winning deals
Everyone gets their kicks in different ways. In Trump’s co-authored 1987 book The Art of the Deal, he says, “Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully or write poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”
For Trump, making the public believe he swindled a deal with one of the most revered jewelers would win him major brownie points. Unfortunately, learning it was a lie just discredits him even more.
Next: Find out what he paid for Melania’s anniversary ring.
5. Trump paid $3 million for Melania’s anniversary ring
If anyone deserves a reward for putting up with President Trump’s antics, it’s Melania. Some may call her crazy while others call her a saint, but either way, it’s fair to assume she puts up with a lot.
To celebrate the couple’s 10-year anniversary, Trump sprung for a huge, over-the-top, 25-carat diamond rock. Of course, that puppy did not come cheaply. Reports claim the ring ran Trump a cool $3 million — no deals included.
Next: The anniversary ring was still controversial.
6. Controversial FLOTUS White House drama
When the White House released first lady’s portrait to the public, a lot of Americans were quite disturbed. The uproar was over Melania’s 25-carat, $3 million rock taking center stage in the photograph. Presenting both a modest and relatable image to the public is important as a first lady, but more importantly, Americans felt like the mere cost of the ring could have covered the costs associated with many programs facing the Trump Administration’s chopping block.
Next: Melania’s approach to gift-giving is quite the opposite of Trump’s.
7. The first lady prefers more modest or charitable gifts
Growing up in communist Slovenia, Melania has a different perspective and approach to gift-giving. While she probably enjoys receiving 25-carat diamonds, she also gets her kicks from supporting charities like Toys for Tots. However, when it comes to the holidays, the first lady said, “It is my hope that during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts – it is about family, service and gratitude. We must continue to look out for, and help each other.”
Next: Melania is not the only first lady who’s flaunted a big rock.
8. First ladies have worn some impressive engagement rings
Women, being the powerful individuals they are, each share their own sentiment on the importance of both the cost and size of an engagement ring. Some care that it is expensive, others do not. The first ladies of American history are no different. Many of the most popular ones also had some sizeable rocks on their hands. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt rocked a 3.4-carat diamond ring in a Tiffany setting back in the 1930s.