Melania Trump has refused to rule out a second term as first lady if her husband is re-elected.
“Never say never,” she counseled.
Donald Trump has strongly hinted that he will run for the presidency that he lost to Joe Biden, but he has not formally announced his candidacy.
The former president’s legal troubles stem from his attempt to overturn his election defeat and his business dealings.
Stormy Daniels, an adult film producer and actor, is among those who claim affairs with Donald Trump after he married Melania, which the Republican former president denies, but despite persistent rumors of an unhappy marriage made worse by the presidency, his third wife has remained by his side.
“I like Washington, DC,” Melania Trump told Fox News in her first formal interview since her husband left office in January 2021 at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
“I know it operates differently than any other city. But I liked it there and had a great time living in the White House. Being the first lady of the United States was my greatest honor, and I believe we accomplished a lot during the Trump administration’s four years.” I enjoyed looking after the White House. For a time, it was my home. I realized it was a people’s home. It was an honor to live there.”
“And maybe it’ll be your home again?” said her interviewer, Pete Hegseth.
“Never say never,” said Trump.
When asked about the “state of the country right now,” Trump stated, “I think it’s sad to see what’s going on if you look deep into it.” I believe that many people are struggling and suffering.”
When asked about the crisis over baby formula supplies, one of many plaguing the Biden administration, Trump said it was “heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in the United States of America in the twenty-first century.”
The crisis, according to the Slovenian-born first lady, is due to a lack of “leadership” in the White House.
“I know that Covid added to the problems that people were already facing. But what is happening is unthinkable. A lot of people are dying from drugs and it’s very hard to see,” she added, referring to record US overdose levels.
When asked about media criticism, Trump stated, “People I see always criticize me no matter what I do, and I’m used to that.” I moved forward, and I’m here to help people, which is my mission. And those who criticize me, I would encourage them to volunteer in their own community or to participate in my Foster the Future initiative.”
The initiative to help children in foster care, called Fostering the Future, is an outgrowth of Be Best, which aimed to help children who were bullied. Critics remarked on the irony of the then-first lady marrying a man who made bullying and harsh invective his public persona.
Melania also discussed her sale of NFTs, digital artworks inspired by her time in the White House, “some of the proceeds” of which she said would benefit foster children.
Bloomberg reported in February that Trump herself was behind the $180,000 purchase of one such artwork. “The transaction was facilitated on behalf of a third-party buyer,” she stated.
On Fox News, Trump, a former model, was also asked about a perceived snub by Vogue magazine, which has featured Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on its covers but did not honor Trump while she was first lady, despite her “business background and… fashion background and… beauty.”
“They’re biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said. And I believe the American people and everyone else see it. It was their choice, and I have far more important things to do in the White House than being on the cover of Vogue.”
According to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend and aide who wrote a tell-all memoir, Trump was offered a Vogue shoot but declined because the magazine would not guarantee her the cover.