Melania chooses to ig­nore ru­mours of in­fi­delity sur­round­ing Pres­i­dent Trump

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>> 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.

Ms Trump, who was in­ter­viewed by 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. “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.

Mr Trump, who dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was heard on an old “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood’’ tape talk­ing about grop­ing and try­ing 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.

Mr Trump has de­nied the trysts with Daniels and McDou­gal but has ac­knowl­edged re­im­burs­ing his lawyer for a US$130,000 (4.25 mil­lion baht) hush money pay­ment to Daniels. Ms Trump has gen­er­ally kept quiet on the sub­ject.

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

She played down a sug­ges­tion the re­peated ru­mours 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 asked if the re­peated ru­mours 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 Ms Trump’s in­ter­view aired Fri­day on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. ABC News aired more from the in­ter­view dur­ing an hour­long spe­cial broad­cast on Fri­day night, dur­ing which she ex­plained why she wore a jacket that said “I re­ally don’t care, do u?’’ on a trip to the bor­der to visit mi­grant chil­dren who had been sep­a­rated from their par­ents.

She noted that she wore the jacket get­ting on and off the plane, but not dur­ing her vis­its with chil­dren, and said it was a mes­sage to “peo­ple and the left-wing me­dia who are crit­i­cis­ing me’’ and she would not stop do­ing “what I feel is right’’.

She said she pur­posely wore the jacket on the flight back to Wash­ing­ton af­ter see­ing “how the me­dia was ob­sessed about it’’.

“It was kind of a mes­sage, yes,’’ the first lady said.

In an­other por­tion of the in­ter­view, which aired ear­lier this week, Ms Trump says she could be “the most bul­lied per­son’’ in the world and women who make ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault need to “show the ev­i­dence’’.

Don­ald Trump, on the 2005 Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood tape that be­came pub­lic late in 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----,’’ Mr Trump adds. “You can do any­thing.’’

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

TURN­ING THE OTHER CHEEK: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump out­side of the West Wing of the White House in Wash­ing­ton.

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