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Rumor: Donald And Melania Trump Signed Divorce Papers

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A man who reportedly worked on three presidential campaigns and in the White House says President Donald Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, were planning on getting divorced before he won the election.

"I was just told by [an] MSM member that Donald and Melania's divorce papers were signed prior to election and settlement agreed to. Then he won," Claude Taylor tweeted.

Taylor's Twitter account is not verified. It states that he is a veteran of three presidential campaigns, and served as a White House staff member for former President Bill Clinton.

According to Newsweek, Taylor is a Washington Democrat who has made controversial tweets in the past, including one about a federal grand jury being assigned to look into Trump's alleged connections to Russia. Another tweet claimed the Trump family was moving money offshore.

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Taylor has been responding to comments made on his tweet about the Trumps alleged divorce.

"Would love to know where they filed at," one user wrote, of which Taylor responded, "Papers signed. Not filed. That's all I was told."

"So no proof, just 'somebody said,'" another user wrote to Taylor.

"A reporter well known to many said this to me. If they were ready to go on the record with it they would have reported it themselves," he wrote in response.

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When asked whether he trusts the MSM source, Taylor said, "My sense is that a lot of reporters know about it but no one has gotten clearance from [editors] to run story."

Taylor does not provide any proof for the story, but that has not stopped his tweet from going viral. It has been retweeted more than 4,500 times, and liked by more than 8,100 users.

The tweet was also posted around the same time as a video surfaced of the Trumps in Israel wherein it appears that the first lady swats away her husband's hand when he tries to reach out for her while walking on the tarmac.

The footage has been viewed more than 5.2 million times since it was uploaded to YouTube.

The now-viral video prompted comedian Chelsea Handler to weigh in on a potential future for the first lady.

“I have a fantasy. I just want Melania to finally come out and divorce him. She would be an American hero,” Handler said on "The View," according to The Huffington Post. “We would embrace her if she just said, ‘Listen, this guy’s disgusting, and I know all of his dirty secrets and I’m willing to tell everybody.’”

Sources: Claude Taylor/Twitter, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Matt Novak/YouTube / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr

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