Trump defends Melania for wearing stilettos while traveling to hurricane area

President Trump on Friday night defended first lady Melania Trump after she faced criticism for wearing stilettos while en route to flood-damaged Texas last month.

Trump's defense of the footwear choice came while critiquing the media during a rally for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump to GOP: I will carry you GOP strategist: Trump will be anchor around Republicans' necks in general election Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me MORE (R-Ala.) in Alabama ahead of a GOP Senate runoff Tuesday.

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"She's wearing high-heels like many of you would do. And they went after her, but she didn't know, and then when she got off the plane in Texas she was wearing sneakers, which she had with her. And they [media] know it was dishonest," Trump told the crowd, adding sarcastically, "You know, she's going to go into the floods with her high heels." 

The first lady faced backlash online last month after she wore heels when leaving the White House to visit Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The first lady's communications director slammed the coverage of her shoes at the time, saying, "It's sad that we have an active and ongoing natural disaster in Texas, and people are worried about her shoes."

The first lady wore stilettos again when leaving the White House for a second trip to Texas later that week.