Melania Trump, the Slovenian-born ex-model and wife of the GOP front-runner for president, spoke publicly this morning.
While many spouses of candidates eschew the spotlight, the wife of the very vocal Donald Trump has remained nearly mute throughout his campaign, opening up for some of her first comments following his win in South Carolina Saturday.
After her husband’s win in Nevada Tuesday night, Melania Trump told MSNBC in an interview that she doesn’t think her husband insulted Mexicans by characterizing them as rapists and that she just might disagree with the Donald’s foul language on the trail.
“I don’t feel he insulted the Mexicans,” Melania Trump said. “He said illegal immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody.”
When asked about her own immigration status (she moved to the U.S. in 1996), Melania stressed that she went through the proper channels: “I follow the law. I follow a law the way it was supposed to be.”
While parenting her son has largely kept her off the campaign trail, Melania said she reads all the news “from A to Z.” She did not, apparently, read Trump’s quote from December calling for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the U.S.
“It’s not for all the Muslims,” Melania said. “We need to screen them, who’s coming to the country.”
Actually, it is for all the Muslims. Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” So, no screening.
Maybe her misunderstanding was a Freudian slip indicating she disagrees with the particulars of Trump’s ban? They have their differences, she noted.
“Do I agree with him all the time with him? No, I don’t,” she said when asked about Trump’s cursing during speeches. “And I tell him that. I tell him my opinions. I tell him what I think. Sometimes he listens, sometimes he don’t.”
If Trump becomes president, Melania Trump would be the second first lady born outside the U.S., and the first since John Quincy Adam’s wife Louisa, a Brit.