US first lady dis­misses gos­sip, says she has more im­por­tant things to fo­cus on

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

ME­LA­NIA Trump dis­missed on Fri­day 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 an ABC 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. I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more im­por­tant things to think about and do.”

The in­ter­view ex­cerpts 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 Trump, as one woman af­ter an­other came forth claim­ing they had been paid to be quiet about their af­fairs.

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 spec­u­lates, and it’s gos­sip. It’s not al­ways cor­rect stuff.”

In a White House known for its in­abil­ity to keep se­crets, the 48year-old Slove­nia-born for­mer fash­ion model Me­la­nia, and Trump’s third wife, re­mains mys­te­ri­ous and im­pen­e­tra­ble to the Amer­i­can pub­lic.

She gave the in­ter­view while 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, Me­la­nia was poised and con­fi­dent as she re­sponded to un­com­fort­able ques­tions on her per­sonal life.

She is not the first lady to suf­fer gos­sip about a pres­i­dent’s un­faith­ful­ness. Hil­lary Clin­ton en­dured Bill Clin­ton’s dal­liance with Mon­ica Lewin­sky in the Oval Of­fice, and John F. Kennedy was a se­rial cheater on wife Jackie.

But Don­ald Trump’s brash be­hav­iour 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.


The United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump at the White House in Wash­ing­ton,DC.

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