Melania Trump Dismisses Reports Of Donald Trump’s Affairs, Says We Are Fine


“I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have important things to think about,” Melania Trump said.

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Melania Trump dismissed Friday the widespread talk about her husband President Donald Trump’s alleged affairs with a porn star and others, saying she has “more important things to think about.”

In an interview with ABC News, excerpts of which were broadcast early Friday, the US first lady did not deny her husband’s alleged history of philandering.

But Melania Trump insisted she does not dwell on it.

Asked if she, like other presidents’ wives who have had to deal with unfaithful husbands, had felt strains on her marriage, she responded confidently that “it is not a concern and focus of mine.”

“I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do,” she added.

“I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage.

“It’s not always pleasant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and not true.”

Asked if she loved her husband, Melania Trump continued: “Yes, we are fine. It’s what media speculate, and it’s gossip. It’s not always correct stuff.”

ABC scored the rare interview of the Slovenia-born 48-year-old former model while she was in Africa last week.

Dressed in stretch jodhpurs with a pith helmet at her side — which drew criticism as a symbol of Europe’s colonial occupation of the continent — Trump gave a wry smile when asked about comments about her marriage from the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani had said in June that Melania Trump believes her husband’s denials about an affair a decade ago with stripper and porn movie star Stormy Daniels.

“Is that an accurate statement?” the ABC interviewer asked.

“I never talked to Mr Giuliani,” the first lady responded.

Asked why Giuliani would have made that claim about her, she retorted: “I don’t know. You need to ask him.”

ABC said the full interview will air later Friday.

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Melania Trump Says There Are People In The White House She Doesn’t Trust


First lady Melania Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday that there have been people in her husband’s White House whom she doesn’t trust, including some who still work there.

During the interview with ABC News, conducted during her recent solo trip to Africa, Trump also asserted that she is one of the most bullied people in the world, as she discusses her child-welfare initiative, Be Best, which includes a focus on combating cyberbullying.

Trump was asked by ABC’s Tom Llamas if the president has had people working for him that she didn’t trust.

“Yes,” she replied, adding that she has let her husband know.

“Some people, they don’t work there anymore,” Trump said.

Asked if there are still people in the administration she can’t trust, Trump said yes.

“It’s harder to govern,” the first lady said. “You always need to watch your back.”

Her comments come in the wake of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times last month claiming there is a “resistance” within the Trump administration. The Times said the piece was written by a senior administration official, whose identity still has not become public.

During the interview, Llamas also asked Trump if she has the most control over her husband’s decisions of those in the White House.

“Oh, I wish,” she said, laughing.

“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” Trump said.

During the interview, Trump also said, “I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world.”

Pressed on that assertion, she added: “One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me.”

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Melania Trump Wraps First Solo Trip Abroad In Egypt With Comments On Brett Kavanaugh


Melania Trump had a week-long visit to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. (File)

The visual was striking – Melania Trump stood in front of Egypt’s Great Sphinx, doing something she rarely does: Speaking about the news of the day.

Reporters traveling with her as she traversed Africa this week asked her about the news back home of the confirmation of the president’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her.

“I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard,” the first lady said. “I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done, is completed, and [the] Senate voted.”

She spoke of sexual assault victims who have been speaking up, sounding a far more sympathetic note than President Trump, who has mocked Ford. “We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had,” she said. “I’m against any kind of abuse.”

The first lady, who so often comes across as sphinx-like herself and has often remained silent amid the din of her husband’s administration, was unusually outspoken.

“I don’t always agree what he tweets and I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice. Sometimes he listens sometimes he doesn’t. I have my own voice and my opinions and it’s very important to me that I express how I feel.”

Asked if she has ever told him to put his phone down, she replied, “Yes!”

As she prepared to end her trip, she lamented the social-media mocking of a pith helmet she wore in Kenya – a sartorial choice many saw as a throwback to the colonial era – saying she wished people would “focus on what I do, not what I wear.”

But though she bemoaned the focus on appearances, Trump carefully curates her public image, and no more so than during the week-long visit to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

The journey has produced a set of photos designed to burnish the first lady’s public profile and generate goodwill in a continent wary of her husband’s administration.

Trump, who often comes across as removed, rehearsed and aloof – a former fashion model perched on five-inch stilettos, reading from scripts – appeared more spontaneous and at ease as she visited tourist sites, schools, hospitals, and orphanages.

In Cairo, Trump was greeted by Egypt’s first lady, Entissar al-Sissi. The pair then went to the presidential palace to have tea, where Trump was also greeted by President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi.

The meetings were cordial, absent of any discussions of controversial topics such as President Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about African countries, according to local news reports.

By the afternoon, the first lady was on her way to see Egypt’s most famous treasures. Near the Pyramids complex, streets were being cleaned and spruced up ahead of her arrival, but hardly any locals were around.

At the base of the Sphinx, Trump observed a project of the United States Agency for International Development to protect the Sphinx and several of the country’s other important archaeological sites from rising groundwater.

During a visit Friday to a Kenyan orphanage, she swayed to a drum beat as she walked, holding hands with two children, as they crossed a flower-lined courtyard. She laughed as she fed a baby elephant from a bottle at a refuge in Kenya.

And she appeared visibly moved by her visit earlier in the week to Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, where slaves were held captive in dungeons before they were sent abroad on ships.

“It’s very emotional,” she said after spending time there and laying wreaths in the cells. “I will never forget the incredible experience and the stories that I heard.”

But aside from escaping Washington’s tumult and softening her own image, what did she accomplish on her first major solo trip abroad?

She seemed to pass the first test of any diplomatic mission: show up and show good will.

Foreign policy experts, though, say the trip did little to reassure Africans that the Trump administration, which has largely ignored the continent and has proposed budget cuts to programs offering aid, would make them a priority.

“She came, like many U.S. first ladies, to hold children, to say the right thing – and she has done that,” said Boubacar N’Diaye, professor of Africana studies at the College of Wooster. “I’m sure in her heart she means those things – but that is very different from real policies that the government cares about.”

Others saw the visit as a gratifying gesture and said it raised her profile, even as it was unclear what effect, if any, it would have in terms of U.S. policy.

“My take from the visit is very positive,” said Edward Saweregera, Malawi’s ambassador to the United States. The first lady was warmly received, he said, and the fact that “Malawi was one of the chosen few countries” she toured underscored the U.S.- Malawi bond. Most people in Malawi didn’t know much about Melania Trump before she arrived, so “it was a chance to get to know her,” he said.

As for any impact on policy, the ambassador added, “That I will leave to the U.S. government.”

Trump’s trip was a low-key one that generated few big headlines, a fact that had much to do with the news cycle at home, which was dominated by the Kavanaugh news. And her schedule, including visits to a hospital, a school and American embassies, was relatively light.

Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that judging from news coverage in African countries she visited, “interest in her trip ranged from mild interest to indifference.”

Before her final story, the first lady spoke publicly only a few times, and then very briefly.

“Thank you for educating them to be best,” she said after touring a school in Malawi, echoing the name of her “Be Best” initiative aimed at children’s well-being. “And to grow up into educated adults for generations to come.”

She avoided, as some quipped, the elephant in the room. She told reporters that her husband’s derogatory comments about African nations (he called them “shithole countries” and also wondered whether Nigerians would return to “their huts” after coming to the U.S. on visas) had not come up during her visit.

Lauren Wright, the author of “On Behalf of the President” and a politics lecturer at Princeton, said Melania Trump could have done more to smooth over the president’s slurs, and the fact that she chose not to seems significant. “What would help would be is if she directly addressed her husband’s comments about the continent,” she said. “She doesn’t clean up president’s messes – she does her own thing. She’s made it clear that she’s not there to rescue him, even though she’s the only one who can do it.”

Even Melania Trump’s husband reacted to the trip as if it were something he watched on a television set on mute. “Our country’s great first lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.”

But perhaps the trip will spur Melania Trump to find her voice. In addition to the interview in Egypt, she is scheduled for a rare televised sit-down to air Friday on ABCs “20/20.” The network is promising a “wide-ranging” interview between the first lady and Tom Llamas, the weekend “World News Tonight” anchor who traveled with her on the Africa trip.

Paolo Zampolli, a longtime friend of the Trumps, says the first lady might make more such trips, possibly to Central and South America next. The trip to the African nations served to “fly the American flag there.”

And it remains to be seen whether, up on her return, that the first lady will press the president to take more of an interest in the countries she visited – and whether he will listen.

Even though the Trump administration loosened regulations to allow big-game hunters to import tusks, hides and other parts of animals, and her stepsons, Donald Jr. and Eric are hunters, Melania Trump visited a big-game conservation site.

“She thinks animals are precious and she doesn’t like big-game hunting,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.

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Melania Trump Shoved By Playful Baby Elephant In Kenya


Nairobi: 

US First Lady Melania Trump visited Kenya on Friday, on her third leg of a solo tour of Africa. While feeding elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, one of calves moved suddenly advancing towards her causing the former model to loose footing. She chuckled and brushed aside the incident.

She was feeding the animals and gave a baby elephant a bottled formula.

Dressed in a white shirt and beige pants, the US first lady was all smiles for the camera while at the Wildlife Trust, famed for its work rescuing the orphans from the wild.

Ms Trump then took to the Nairobi National Park and will later visit an orphanage and watch a play.

Melania Trump, who is in Africa to promote her children’s welfare programme, began her trip in Ghana, where she visited mothers and their newborns.

She then made a brief stop in Malawi where she toured a primary school.

Donald Trump, her husband had tweeted on his wife’s trip saying:

The First Lady’s visit comes during a tumultuous time in Washington when the Trump administration is dealing with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

Donald Trump had earlier in an infamous comment referred to African nations as “shithole countries.”

Earlier, when Ms Trump landed in Malawi, she was greeted with “Not A Shithole” signs.





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Melania Trump’s Slovenian Parents Get US Citizenship, Use ‘Chain Migration’ Hated By Donald Trump


Viktor and Amalija Knavs are from Slovenia which allows dual citizenship.

First lady Melania Trump’s parents became US citizens in a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, completing a years-long immigration process even as President Trump has called for new laws to bar Americans from sponsoring parents and other relatives.

Michael Wildes, an attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who had been living in the country as legal permanent residents after leaving their native Slovenia, confirmed that his clients took the oath of citizenship.

News photographers captured images of the couple as they arrived at a Manhattan federal building accompanied by Department of Homeland Security officers. Wildes did not elaborate, citing the couple’s privacy.

“Citizenship was just awarded,” Wildes said. “They have prevailed in a wonderful journey as millions have.”

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, also declined to comment “as they are not part of the administration.”

The Washington Post first reported in February that the Knavs had gained legal permanent residency and that legal experts believed it was likely that the first lady had sponsored their applications for family-based green cards.

Wildes said the Knavs satisfied the requirement that permanent residents hold their green cards for five years before they can apply for U.S. citizenship. It is unclear when the Knavses first moved to the United States, but by late 2007, Viktor Knavs was listed in public records as residing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Knavses received no special treatment because of their relationship with the first family, Wildes told reporters in New York.

“The application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else’s, other than the security arrangements to facility today,” he said. “This is an example of it going right. They’re very excited.”

Questions about the couple’s immigration status intensified last year as Trump mounted a push to slash legal immigration, including provisions to constrict the ability of U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents, adult children and siblings for green cards.

In fiscal 2016, the United States granted nearly 1.2 million green cards, of which 174,000 went to parents of U.S. citizens, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump has railed against what he calls “chain migration,” which the president contends has resulted in fiercer competition for blue-collar jobs for native-born Americans and introduces increased national security concerns.

Studies have shown, however, that immigrants have boosted the economy and commit crimes at lower rates than the native born.

Trump falsely asserted in November that Uzbekistan-born Sayfullo Saipov – who had gained legal permanent residency in an annual visa lottery before allegedly killing eight people on a bike path in New York – had brought nearly two dozen relatives into the country on family visas. Saipov has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set for next year.

“We want to get rid of chain migration,” Trump said at the time.

The Senate defeated several immigration bills in the spring, including one that included the proposals backed by Trump. A spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who sponsored that bill, did not respond to a request for comment, nor did spokespeople for Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Okla., who have authored similar legislative proposals.

Critics said the Knavs’ ability to secure green cards and citizenship smacks of hypocrisy given the president’s hard-line immigration stance.

“This is the most anti-immigration administration probably in history of the country except when it comes to this family, and the hypocrisy is just stunning,” said David Leopold, an immigration attorney in Cleveland. “He and his administration are on a crusade to rid the country of immigrants, particularly immigrants of color. What can you say when the first lady and her family have such an easy time?”

A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked about the criticism Thursday. The president is on a working vacation this week at his private resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Supporters of Trump’s efforts to slash family-based migration said the first lady and her parents should not be criticized for taking advantage of current laws.

“Until the rules change, the rules are there to be used,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration levels.

“If they didn’t break the rules, there’s really no issue here,” Krikorian said. “I want the rules to be changed for the future. But that doesn’t delegitimize anyone in categories I want to get rid of who are already here fair and square.”

The first lady’s own immigration path also has been scrutinized. A former model known as Melania Knauss, she arrived in New York in 1996 and began dating Trump in 2000.

In 2001, Knauss was granted a green card in the elite EB-1 program, which was designed for renowned academic researchers, multinational business executives or those in other fields, such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors, who demonstrated “sustained national and international acclaim.”

The year that Knauss got her legal residency, only five people from Slovenia received green cards under the EB-1 program, according to the State Department.

The Knavs raised Melania Trump in the rural town of Sevnica when Slovenia was a part of communist Yugoslavia. Viktor Knavs, now 74, was a car dealer while Amalija Knavs, now 73, worked in a textile factory.

In an interview on CNN in June, amid a public outcry over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border, Wildes said that his immigration firm was in “overdrive because of the challenges that are going on here.”

Asked by host Don Lemon if the Knavs’s successful journey to join their daughter in the United States amounted to “family reunification,” Wildes replied: “I think so, don’t you? And I’ll do it again and I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it for people in provocative ways.”

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Melania Trump’s Slovenian Parents Get US Citizenship


Melania Trump’s parents took the oath of US citizenship.

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The Slovenian-born parents of US First Lady Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, their immigration lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed to AFP.

President Donald Trump’s in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took the oath of citizenship, Wildes said.

He did not specify how long it had taken the Knavs to complete the citizenship process, nor whether the 48-year-old First Lady had sponsored their permanent residency.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized US citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.

The Republican president argues that the system steals jobs from Americans and threatens national security, calling for a merit-based system that preferences more educated, English-speaking professionals.

Viktor Knavs, a car salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron.

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3 Months After Launch, The State Of Affairs At Melania Trump’s “Be Best”


Melania Trump’s platform remains almost as much of a question mark as it was when she first arrived in Washington, D.C., last summer.

In May, Trump launched her signature initiative, Be Best, as a campaign aimed at improving children’s well-being, but it has been slow to take shape. Last week, Trump’s 28-year-old policy director, Reagan Hedlund, a former Capitol Hill staffer and National Security Council executive assistant tasked with leading the first lady’s initiatives, left her job.

According to people familiar with the office, Hedlund brought some policy and congressional experience to the first lady’s office, where few other staffers have deep roots in the wonkier quarters of Washington, D.C. Hedlund’s departure, which came less than seven months after she was named to the position, also hints at an East Wing struggling to gain momentum.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said that Hedlund “is no longer with our office and we wish her the best.”

“It was a difficult decision to leave,” Hedlund told Politico. “However, I have decided to return to my roots in the foreign policy world.”

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First Lady Melania Trump speaks during a “Be Best” initiative event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

A person with knowledge of the situation, however, indicated that the move was not voluntary, saying Hedlund was asked to leave.

Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University, says Be Best so far lacks the vision and presence of Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No campaign or Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

“Once it was given a name, there was something there, but what has it developed into?” Jellison asked. “It seems to be ephemeral at the moment.”

One reason for the halting effort is timing. A week after announcing Be Best in a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump underwent kidney surgery for what the White House described as a “benign condition.” She remained out of public sight for weeks.

Melania Trump maintains a relatively small staff of about 10 aides, compared with the 25 or so who worked under Obama and Laura Bush. That’s the smallest staff of any first lady since Mamie Eisenhower, according to Allida Black, a research professor at George Washington University.

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First Lady Melania Trump walks after attending the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House

That’s hardly the kind of infrastructure needed to tackle Trump’s three-pronged Be Best platform, which addresses well-being, social media use and opioid abuse, Black said.

Modern first ladies have typically surrounded themselves with political veterans who have accumulated clout in Congress and in the West Wing to leverage in service of their agendas. Even as they deploy the “soft power” that comes with their office, first ladies and their staffs have to privately engage in the same arm-twisting, alliance building and lobbying that underpins any policy push in Washington, Black added.

“Look at Barbara Bush – you don’t think she got literacy funding because she was charming, do you?” Black said. “She knew how to work the Hill and get her husband and his staff to support what she was doing.”

Policy victories scored by other first ladies include: the school-lunch bill Obama championed; Bush’s work helping to establish AIDS relief for Africa; and Hillary Clinton’s successful push for legislation expanding federal health care for children.

But there are indications that Trump’s initiative does not have the kind of lofty policy ambitions that her predecessors’ did.

Grisham said in an email that the aim of Be Best is to promote successful organizations, facilities and programs that help children, and that the first lady might in the future back replicating some of them or even legislation, “if she feels it could make a real impact on the lives of children.” She added that Trump’s initiative is already a “success,” and said the first lady plans a “big announcement” in September.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a working dinner during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium

“We have a professional team and with Mrs. Trump’s leadership, the East Wing has executed on several successful large-scale events and her platform is no different,” she said.

Since the initiative was launched in May, the first lady has held only three public events under the Be Best banner. Last month, Trump traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with children and families affected by the opioid crisis. During her trip to Britain in July, she talked with schoolchildren about the importance of kindness, another plank of the initiative. The first lady also visited a Microsoft facility in Washington, where she listened to teenagers talking about online civility. And she’s given two speeches to students this summer, one via video, urging them to show kindness to one another and to make “positive decisions.”

Trump’s public efforts have often been stymied by strategic errors. On a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border where immigrant families were being separated under her husband’s “zero tolerance” policies, Trump stepped on her message by wearing a jacket emblazoned with the phrase “I really don’t care, do u?”

Even the launch of Be Best was beset with a distraction: a Be Best-branded pamphlet titled “Talking With Kids About Being Online” turned out to have been published by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009, prompting charges of plagiarism. That led Trump’s spokeswoman to criticize media coverage, using her boss’s new catchphrase: “I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions, and focus on some of the children and programs Mrs. Trump highlighted. . . .”

And opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies have directed their ire at the first lady. A protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty to draw attention to the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant children appeared in court, wearing a dress the same color as the first lady’s controversy-stoking jacket. Scrawled on the back was the phrase “I really care, why won’t u?” And below that: “Be Best.”

Jellison said that while first ladies often float above the political fray that consumes their husbands, the vitriol surrounding President Trump has put Melania Trump in new territory. “Critics of President Trump seem to be taking on the entire family and accusing them of a kind of ‘let them eat cake’ mentality,” she said.

Melania Trump, a former fashion model who studied art and design, has long been more comfortable in the role of hostess-in-chief than in policy influencer. She has more enthusiastically embraced duties of presenting the White House to visitors, personally choosing the decor of her first state dinner in April and taking an interest in the minutia of the executive mansion’s operations.

Last month, she tweeted an image of herself in her comfort zone; in the photo she is wearing a crimson dress and is poring over what appear to be samples of holiday decor, including a sprig of berries the same shade as her frock.

“Planning is underway for this year’s #Christmas at the @whitehouse!” she wrote in the caption. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but I hope everyone will enjoy our final holiday vision for the People’s House.”

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After Her Husband Criticises Basketball Star, Melania Trump’s Response


Melania seems unaffected by her husband’s view and is considering visiting the school that James opened

New York: 

First Lady Melania Trump contradicted her husband Donald Trump a day after United States President slammed basketball star LeBron James for his charity work.

Melania’s spokeswoman told the CNN that she is supportive of James’ work for the children.

“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Stephanie Grisham said.

Grisham made the remark hours after the US president took to his Twitter handle to slam James for his statement made during an interview with CNN, where the NBA superstar said he wouldn’t sit across the President if given the opportunity.

Responding to the same, Trump even questioned James’ intellectual capacity.

Melania seems unaffected by her husband’s view and is even considering visiting the school that James opened in Ohio.

“[The first lady’s] platform centres around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron,” said Grisham.





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As US President Donald Trump Tears Up UK-US Ties, First Lady Melania Trump Makes Paper Flowers


First Lady helps mingles with the children in the event.

London, United Kingdom: 

With her husband busy plunging UK-US relations to new lows, Melania Trump took time out during the couple’s four-day visit to Britain on Friday to meet veterans and make paper flowers with schoolchildren.

The First Lady also played a game of bowls, engaging with gusto despite being in high heels, as she took part in a spouses’ event hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip.

The pair met as US President Donald Trump held talks and a working lunch with May at her country retreat of Chequers, after excoriating her Brexit strategy.

The visit took place at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea, which has housed British veterans since the 17th century and is now home to around 300 former soldiers, known for their red uniforms and black caps.

Around a dozen children from a local school egged on Melania Trump and Philip May as they played bowls, waving British and US flags.

During the game, the First Lady high-fived a bemused-looking veteran.

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Melania Trump gives a high-five to one of the veterans.

She also helped the children as they assembled paper poppies in memory of fallen soldiers from World War I, and listened on as they asked the pensioners questions.

The event lasted around an hour and the pair avoided all questions.

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