‘Yes we are fine’: Me­la­nia Trump dis­misses gos­sip about mar­riage

US First Lady brushes off spec­u­la­tion

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WASH­ING­TON: Me­la­nia Trump has dis­missed the wide­spread talk about her hus­band Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­ported af­fairs with a porn star and oth­ers, say­ing she has “more im­por­tant things to think about.” Ad­dress­ing for the first time al­le­ga­tions that have swirled around her hus­band the first lady brushed off spec­u­la­tion that her mar­riage is trou­bled and in­sisted she loves life in the US cap­i­tal. In a lengthy ABC tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, Trump did not deny the many sto­ries of her hus­band’s phi­lan­der­ing. But she also made clear she does not dwell on it. “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.” “I know peo­ple like to spec­u­late and me­dia like to spec­u­late about our mar­riage,” she added. “It’s not al­ways pleas­ant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and not true.”

The in­ter­view, ex­cerpts of which were re­leased by ABC ahead of a full broad­cast Fri­day evening, came af­ter nearly two roller-coaster years in the White House, dur­ing which Me­la­nia was fre­quently thought to be on the verge of break­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump, as one woman af­ter an­other came forth claim­ing they had been paid to be quiet about their af­fairs with him. But she gave no hint to ABC as to how the sto­ries af­fected her. Asked whether she loved her hus­band, she an­swered: “Yes, we are fine. It’s what me­dia spec­u­late, and it’s gos­sip. It’s not al­ways cor­rect stuff.”

Mys­te­ri­ous, im­pen­e­tra­ble

In a White House known for its in­abil­ity to keep se­crets, the 48-year-old Slove­nia-born for­mer fash­ion model, Trump’s third wife, re­mains mys­te­ri­ous and im­pen­e­tra­ble to the Amer­i­can pub­lic. She gave the in­ter­view to ABC while she was on her first solo trip abroad last week, to Africa where she sought to pro­mote her hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts and US Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment projects. Sit­ting in jodh­purs with a sa­fari pith hel­met at her side, Trump was poised and con­fi­dent as she re­sponded to un­com­fort­able ques­tions on her per­sonal life with the real es­tate bil­lion­aire who now leads the United States.

She is not the first lady to suf­fer gos­sip about a pres­i­dent’s un­faith­ful­ness. Hil­lary Clin­ton en­dured hus­band Bill Clin­ton’s dal­liance with Mon­ica Lewin­sky in the Oval Of­fice, and John F. Kennedy, pres­i­dent from 1961-63, was a se­rial cheater on wife Jackie. But Don­ald Trump’s brash be­hav­ior has left his wife con­stantly un­der the Wash­ing­ton mi­cro­scope, fac­ing ques­tions about whether she will leave him and move back to New York with their son Bar­ron. She scoffed at such talk in the ABC in­ter­view. “I am en­joy­ing it. I re­ally love to live in the Wash­ing­ton and the White House,” she said.

‘Most bul­lied per­son’ In Africa, she vis­ited hos­pi­tals and schools and a wildlife park in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya, speak­ing to stu­dents and feed­ing a baby ele­phant, be­fore stop­ping in Egypt to visit the Giza pyra­mids. She hinted to ABC that life in the White House was not easy, deal­ing with peo­ple she didn’t al­ways trust. “You al­ways need to watch your back,” she said. She also ex­plained one rea­son why she had made fight­ing cy­ber bul­ly­ing a tar­get of her “Be Best” cam­paign. “I could say I’m the most bul­lied per­son in the world,” she said, or “one of them, if you re­ally see what peo­ple are say­ing about me.” More com­fort­able fac­ing a still cam­era than a mi­cro­phone, Trump has taken much longer than most first ladies to open up to the me­dia. The in­ter­view came just over three weeks be­fore the midterm con­gres­sional elec­tions, in which Trump’s record is ex­pected to play a big part in how vot­ers cast their bal­lots.

Flak for fash­ion choices

Also like past first ladies, Me­la­nia is con­stantly un­der the mi­cro­scope for her fash­ion choices, which lean to­ward well-cut, re­fined but not flashy clothes from Ralph Lau­ren and French-Amer­i­can de­signer Herve Pierre. She took heavy flack in June when she wore a $39 Zara jacket that had “I re­ally don’t care, do u?” writ­ten on the back, as she em­barked on a trip to the Mex­i­can bor­der to see im­mi­grant chil­dren who had been sep­a­rated from their par­ents un­der her hus­band’s much crit­i­cized pol­icy. The tar­get of that mes­sage was un­clear. Don­ning a pith hel­met dur­ing her Nairobi stop last week, and then an “In­di­ana Jones”-style Panama hat while in Egypt, Me­la­nia Trump also drew fash­ion maven rep­ri­mands as “in­sen­si­tive” to the con­ti­nent’s colo­nial his­tory. Re­porters should “talk about my trip and not what I wear,” she re­sponded dur­ing the jour­ney. —AFP

Me­la­nia re­mains mys­te­ri­ous and im­pen­e­tra­ble


NAIROBI: US First Lady Me­la­nia Trump waves as she trav­els in a ve­hi­cle while on a sa­fari at The Nairobi Na­tional Park in this file photo.

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