Trump af­fairs claims just gos­sip, says First Lady

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DINO HAZELL

MELA­NIA Trump has said she loves her hus­band and has “more im­por­tant things to think about” than claims that he cheated.

Mrs Trump, who was in­ter­viewed by US TV net­work ABC while tour­ing Africa last week, said peo­ple are just spread­ing ru­mours about her mar­riage.

“I know peo­ple like to spec­u­late and me­dia like to spec­u­late about our mar­riage and cir­cu­late the gos­sip,” she said.

“I un­der­stand the gos­sip sells news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines... and, un­for­tu­nately, we live in this kind of world to­day.”

The First Lady in­sisted al­le­ga­tions of in­fi­deli­ties by her hus­band, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, aren’t a con­cern.

Mr Trump has been ac­cused of hav­ing mul­ti­ple af­fairs.

Porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Play­boy Play­mate Karen McDou­gal have said they had sex with him years ago.

Mr Trump has de­nied the trysts with Ms Daniels and Ms McDou­gal but has ac­knowl­edged re­im­burs­ing his lawyer for a $130,000 hush money pay­ment made to Ms Daniels.

Mrs Trump has so far kept quiet on the sub­ject.

Asked in the in­ter­view if she loves her hus­band, Mrs Trump said: “Yes, we are fine. Yes.”

She played down a sug­ges­tion the ru­mours of his phi­lan­der­ing had strained their mar­riage.

“It is not a con­cern and fo­cus of mine,” she said. “I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more im­por­tant things to think about and to do.”

But when she was asked if the re­peated ru­mours had hurt her, she paused.

“Yeah, it’s not al­ways pleas­ant, of course,” she said. “But I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and not true.”

Mrs Trump added she could be “the most bul­lied per­son” in the world and women who make ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault need to “show the ev­i­dence”.

Mr Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer Michael Co­hen pleaded guilty in Au­gust to cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions al­leg­ing he, Trump and the Na­tional En­quirer tabloid were in­volved in buy­ing the si­lence of Ms Daniels and Ms McDou­gal af­ter their al­leged af­fairs with Mr Trump.

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