Melania Trump: My husband didn't insult Mexicans

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMichelle Obama featured in new Clinton ad Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter' Arizona newspaper endorses Dem for president for first time MORE’s wife said in an interview aired Wednesday that she disagrees with critics who say the GOP presidential front-runner’s rhetoric demeans Mexicans.

“I don’t feel that he insulted the Mexicans,” Melania Trump told host Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

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"He said illegal immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody. He talked about illegal immigrants. He opened a conversation that nobody did.”

Melania Trump, herself an immigrant from Slovenia, also disputed the reasoning that her husband's hardline immigration stances are hypocritical, given her background.

“I follow the law,” the former model said. "I went by [the] system and the law. You should do that. I never thought to stay here without papers. "[Donald Trump] wants to protect the people of America so we have a country and we keep the country safe.

“What’s going on in the world is very dangerous. You have people who you don’t know what they will do.”

Melania Trump then argued that her husband entertains no bias against women, saying he instead focuses on merit over gender.

“He treats women the same as men,” she said. "If you’re a woman, you’re human. It’s no different if you’re a woman or a man. He tells you what he thinks in his heart and [doesn’t] hold it back.”

The potential first lady added that she has enjoyed watching Donald Trump’s success in the GOP presidential primary.

“It’s amazing what’s going on,” Melania Trump said. "We’re having fun. [He has] an amazing mind. We know people will judge him. We have thick skin. They don’t give him enough credit.”

Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed he will make Mexico pay for a wall along its border with America if elected president in November. The outspoken billionaire frequently links the drug trade and violent crime with illegal immigration on the campaign trail.