The moderately quiet first lady Melania Trump was once again brought into the spotlight after Vanity Fair ran a story that portrayed her as having no desire to be the first lady of the United States whatsoever.
Vanity Fair quoted a “family friend” source saying Melania, “the most enigmatic First Lady,” wasn’t prepared for President Donald Trump to become president.
“This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something [Donald Trump] ever thought he’d win,” the unnamed source claimed. “She didn’t want this come hell or high water.”
“I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.”
However, President Trump stepped in Tuesday to defend his wife, Tweeting his own thoughts on the matter.
Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that “if you run, you will win.” She would tell everyone that, “no doubt, he will win.” I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) – and Country is doing great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
“Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that “if you run, you will win.” She would tell everyone that, “no doubt, he will win.” I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) — and Country is doing great!”
As both Trump and Roger Stone — an early adviser to the president — pointed out, Melania was Trump’s final push to run for president.
“She was very clearly the one who said, ‘Either run or don’t run,’” Stone told Vanity Fair. Paraphrasing Melania, he continued to say “‘Your friends are tired of the striptease. Every four years you talk about it.’”
According to Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Melania, the Vanity Fair piece is filled with “false assertions” by “unnamed sources.”
“As a magazine tailored to women it is shameful that they continue to write salacious and false stories meant to demean Mrs. Trump, rather than focus on her positive work as First Lady and as a supportive wife and mother,” Grisham said in a statement.
Grisham continued to say that Melania is “honored by her role,” and has stated that fact “on the record many times before.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) November 27, 2017
And if pictures and videos posted on Melania’s Twitter account give any indication, the supportive first lady seems to be enjoying her time.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2017
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 27, 2017
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 11, 2017
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 6, 2017
The media has also previously criticized Melania since Trump’s campaign for president, due to her previous work as a model.
Since becoming First Lady of these United States, she has faced backlash on her fashion choices when visiting storm-ridden communities, as well as being more reserved in her role than her predecessors.
Back in 2000, while being interviewed by The New York Times, Melania admitted that, should Donald Trump become president, she’d be a “very traditional” first lady.
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