President Trump said Thursday his wife “gets so unfairly maligned” in the press, while revealing Melania Trump will work on “women’s issues” and “difficulties” facing women as first lady.
“I think that Melania’s going to be outstanding,” Trump said Thursday during a lengthy, at times combative news conference at the White House.
“She — like others like others that she’s working with — feel very, very strongly about women’s issues, women’s difficulties,” Trump told an East Room packed with journalists. “She’s a very, very strong advocate. I think she’s a great representative for this country.”
“A funny thing happens,” Trump continued of the first lady, who married the then-real estate mogul in 2005. “She gets so unfairly maligned. The things they say.”
Trump defended the 46-year-old Slovenian-born former model, saying, “She would go home at night and wouldn’t even want to go out with people. She was a very private person. She was always the highest quality that you will ever find.”
“The things they say are so unfair,” the president exclaimed.
Though Trump didn’t make it clear what he was referring to, Melania Trump recently settled a defamation suit against a Maryland blogger who had claimed she worked for an escort service in the 1990s and had a “nervous breakdown” during last year’s campaign.
“I think she’s going to be a fantastic first lady. She’s going to be a tremendous representative of women and of the people,” Trump said.
Trump, 70, also confirmed his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, would be working side-by-side with his wife at the White House.
“They’re not doing this for money. They’re not doing this for pay. They’re doing this because they feel it, both of them,” Trump said of his 35-year-old daughter and the first lady.
The commander in chief also reaffirmed that Melania Trump, who’s currently living in New York with the couple’s 10-year-old son, Barron, will make 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. her home.
“Melania goes back and forth,” Trump said. “And after Barron finishes school — because it’s hard to take a child out of school with a few months left — she and Barron will be moving to the White House.”