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Donald Trump 'lied about how much he paid for Melania's engagement ring'

Mirror logo Mirror 9/2/2018 Steve Robson

Donald Trump lied about how much he paid for wife Melania's engagement ring, it has been reported.

The pair met in 1998 after Melania moved to New York to pursue her modelling career.

They got engaged in 2004 when Trump proposed with a ring featuring an enormous 10-carat diamond from renowned dealer Graff Diamonds in London.

It was valued at $1.5million at the time.

Ever eager to boast of his deal-making skills, Trump did little to dismiss reports he may have been given the ring for free in exchange for the publicity.

But the week before his wedding in 2005, Trump insisted that he had paid for the ring - but had been given a huge discount.

"Only a fool would say, 'No thank you, I want to pay a million dollars more for a diamond'," Trump proudly told the New York Times.

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Now Laurence Graff, the billionaire chairman of the diamond dealers, has refuted the claim.

He told Forbes that while the President was "a pleasure to do business with", he had been given "no favours".

Another source told the magazine: "He paid for [the ring] in full, and he paid immediately."

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Neither the White House nor the First Lady's office have commented on the story.

Trump bought Melania a second diamond ring worth $3million (£2.1million) from Graff to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

The First Lady came in for criticism for posing in the blinging rock for her official portrait which some found distasteful and "gaudy".

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