First lady is ig­nor­ing the cheat­ing ru­mors

Brush­ing it off as gos­sip, Mela­nia says she loves Don­ald

Houston Chronicle - - NEWSMAKERS - By Dino Hazell AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

WASH­ING­TON — Mela­nia Trump says she loves Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and has “much more im­por­tant things to think about” than al­le­ga­tions he cheated on her with a porn star, a Play­boy Play­mate or any­one else.

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

“I know peo­ple like to spec­u­late and me­dia like to spec­u­late about our mar­riage and cir­cu­late the gos­sip,” she said. “But I un­der­stand the gos­sip sells news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines … and, un­for­tu­nately, we live in this kind of world to­day.”

She in­sisted al­le­ga­tions of her hus­band’s in­fi­deli­ties are not a con­cern.

Trump, who dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was heard on an old “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape talk­ing about grop­ing and try to have sex with women, 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.

Trump has de­nied the trysts with Daniels and McDou­gal but has ac­knowl­edged re­im­burs­ing his lawyer for a $130,000 hush money pay­ment made to Daniels. Mrs. Trump has gen­er­ally kept quiet on the sub­ject.

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

She played down a sug­ges­tion the re­peated ru­mors of his phi­lan­der­ing had put a strain on their mar­riage.

“It is not 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 ru­mors had hurt her, she paused. Then she re­it­er­ated the “me­dia world is spec­u­lat­ing.”

“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.”

Por­tions of Mrs. Trump’s in­ter­view aired Fri­day on “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.” Her full in­ter­view is set to air Fri­day night in an ABC News spe­cial, “Be­ing Mela­nia — The First Lady.”

Other por­tions of the in­ter­view aired ear­lier this week fea­tured Mrs. Trump say­ing she could be “the most bul­lied per­son” in the world and say­ing women who make ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault need to “show the ev­i­dence.”

Don­ald Trump, on the 2005 “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape that be­came pub­lic dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, says when he’s at­tracted to beau­ti­ful women, “I just start kiss­ing them. It’s like a mag­net.” He said when you’re a star, women let you.

“Grab them by the p - - - -,” Trump adds. “You can do any­thing.”

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 Daniels and McDou­gal af­ter they al­leged af­fairs with Trump.

Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Im­ages

Mela­nia Trump says she has “more im­por­tant things to think about” than wide­spread talk of her hus­band’s al­leged af­fairs.

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