Melania Trump says she was ‘blindsided’ by family separations policy

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol Rabbi memorializes Ginsburg: Her dissents were 'blueprints for the future' MORE said she was “blindsided” by her husband’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy that separated thousands of migrant families at the US-Mexico border over the summer. 

"I didn't know that that policy would come out,” the first lady said in an interview with ABC News. “I was blindsided by it."


She said she told the president how she felt about it at home.

“I said to him that I feel that's unacceptable, and he felt the same,” she said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE eventually ended the policy amid widespread criticism from both parties, but The Washington Post reported on Friday that new options are being considered that could again separate families as officials deal with a new surge of immigrants at the border.

The first lady, an immigrant herself, said she was only made aware of the family separations policy when she saw it on the news and she reacted “right away.”

“It was unacceptable for me to see children and parents separated,” she said. “It was heartbreaking. And I reacted with my own voice.”