Melania Trump moves to protect Barron’s trust fund from Trump’s legal troubles

Melania Trump moves to protect Barron’s trust fund from Trump’s legal troubles

Melania Trump has no intention of leaving Donald Trump but her team has “quietly” renegotiated the terms of her prenuptial agreement to ensure that she’ll always be financially secure and that their son Barron’s “substantial” trust fund won’t be affected by all of her husband’s legal troubles, a report says.

A source told Page Six that Melania Trump has worked out a new “postnup” agreement with Trump, whom she married in 2005. Her aim is to protect herself and her 17-year-old son’s financial future, as her husband runs to win a second term in the White House but also faces dozens of criminal charges in multiple jurisdictions. He’s also dealing with the potential loss of his New York real estate empire as well as a $5 million legal judgement, after a civil jury found he sexually abused and defamed writer E. Jean Carroll.

“This is at least the third time Melania has renegotiated the terms of her marital agreement,” the source said, emphasizing that the former first lady has no plans to leave her 77-year-old husband, even as he could also go to prison for years, if convicted of any of the 91 counts filed against him in New York, Miami, Washington D.C. and Georgia.

“Melania is most concerned about maintaining and increasing a substantial trust for their son, Barron,” the source told Page Six.

But the new agreement also provides for Melania, who is 24 years Trump’s junior, and includes money and property, the source said.

A second source confirmed the agreement saying, “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.”

In commenting on the timing of the new agreement, the first source told Page Six that it was necessary — not just because Trump could win a second term in the White House but because “of the current legal battles … (Donald) has suffered.”

Page Six said that representatives for the Trumps did not reply to requests for comments. Trump’s legal battles include potential payouts in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ sprawling, $250 million civil case against Trump, Page Six reported.

This week, a New York judge issued a ruling in a civil lawsuit filed by James, saying that Trump, his company and his sons Eric and Donald Jr. committed fraud for years while building the real estate business that catapulted the 45th president to fame in New York in the 1980s and as a reality TV host in the 2000s.

The judge agreed with James that Trump and the others lied about the values of the company’s assets and his net worth to get better terms on bank loans and insurance. The inflated assets include Trump’s penthouse in Trump Tower, his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and various office buildings and golf courses, James said in the lawsuit filed last year, The Guardian reported.

The judge’s ruling means that Trump’s empire could collapse “like falling dominoes” and that he is effectively “out of business,” experts, including Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, said in interviews this week, The Guardian reported.

Trump has pleaded not guilty in the James case and is appealing Carroll’s case against him.

“Trump remains very rich, but with mounting legal bills and judgments,” the renegotiated prenup would “provide a more solid future” for Melania and their son should the couple split, the Page Six source said.

Nonetheless, Melania Trump has no plans to divorce her husband and has made no threats to leave him, the Page Six source said. According to reports over the years, Melania Trump has been steadfast in her loyalty to her husband, including after he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

“I don’t think Melania leaves Donald,” Cohen told the Washington Post in 2020. “She’s very willingly complicit in his schemes and holds his beliefs as her own.”

It’s also not the first time there have been reports that Melania Trump has renegotiated the terms of her original prenuptial agreement. In the 2020 book, “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump,” author Mary Jordan alleged that the Slovenian-born former model renegotiated the couple’s prenup in early 2017, when she spent months delaying her move from Manhattan to the White House after Trump’s inauguration.

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The book by the Washington Post reporter said: “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,” referring to Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, his children with his first wife, Ivana Trump. Trump also has a daughter, Tiffany, with second wife Marla Maples.

When “The Art of the Deal” was published, Melania Trump’s then-spokesperson, her White House chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, blasted the book and its reporting about the prenup. “Yet another book about Mrs. Trump with false information and sources,” Grisham said. “This book belongs in the fiction genre.” Grisham may have said that at the time, but she had a public falling out with the Trumps following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and published her own tell-all about the former first couple.

Trump’s willingness to negotiate with Melania Trump about money could be based on the idea that he sees her as a political asset, Page Six and other outlets have reported. Page Six previously said that Trump and his advisers see her as his “secret weapon,” possessing the unique ability to keep him “calm and focused” in stressful times.