Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, sat down with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski for an interview Tuesday. In the interview, which aired on Wednesday, they talked about her life before Donald Trump, her marriage, and the campaign. Melania has a unique perspective on immigration and her husband’s stance on the issue because she is an immigrant. She came to America in 1996 and now faces the possibility of becoming the first foreign-born first lady in modern history.
The Melania Trump interview was conducted at the Trump home. Both Melania and Mika sat in chairs of gold in what appeared to be a hall, which itself was full of gold. Melania called the campaign experience amazing and fun and indicated that she tries to keep life as close to normal as possible for her son, 9-year-old Barron Trump.
Mrs. Trump also opened up about her life before meeting future husband Donald. She spoke of life in Slovenia, where she studied design and architecture. Melania lived in Milan and Paris and became a successful model. The multilingual Mrs. Trump spoke fondly of her mother, calling her elegant and stylish.
Asked what initially drew her to Donald Trump, Melania said she fell in love with his mind. Mrs. Trump also expressed an appreciation for her marriage to Donald that allows them each to be their own independent person while also supporting each other. Melania indicated that she and Donald expected criticism and judgment when he joined the campaign and that their thick skin allows the name calling and harsh words to not damage them. She believes that people don’t give him enough credit.
Melania defended her husband’s criticism of Mexicans, saying that he wasn’t generalizing when he made his statement and that he was talking about illegal immigrants, not legal ones. She feels that Donald opened up a discussion that no one else was willing to have and that, as a result, many came around to his point of view. Melania explained that she came to America legally and that it never occurred to her to do otherwise and that no one else should either. When asked about Donald’s proposal that Muslims be banned from entering the U.S., Melania misrepresented what he actually called for, a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
She had this to say.
“What he said is it would be temporary, and it is not for all the Muslims. He wants to protect America… What’s going on in the world… it’s very dangerous, you have people coming into the country, and we don’t know who they are, and what they will do.”
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When asked about Donald’s profanity and vulgar references, Melania admitted that she does not always agree with her husband and that she tells him when she disagrees with something he says or does.
“Do I agree with him all the time? No, and I tell him. Sometimes he listens to my opinion, sometimes he doesn’t.”
Brzezinski brought up to Melania the ongoing friction between him and Megyn Fox and some of the things he has said about Ms. Fox. She asked about his treatment of women in the businesses he owns. Melania insisted that he treats them no differently than he treats men.
“They’re treated equal. I see him in life, he treats women the same as men. He will tell you what is in his heart, what he thinks. He will not hold it back if you’re a woman, you’re human. If you’re a woman or a man, it’s no different, you’re human.”
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