Melania Trump on Tuesday hit back at 'assumptions' about her stance on personal and political matters, but her statement failed to name-check Donald T
Melania Trump on Tuesday hit back at ‘assumptions’ about her stance on personal and political matters, but her statement failed to name-check Donald Trump and whether or not she intends to support her husband during his indictment and other legal investigations.
In a short statement posted to Twitter, the Office of Melania Trump noted: ‘News organizations have made assumptions about the former First Lady’s stance on subjects that are personal, professional, and political over the past few weeks. In these articles, unnamed sources are cited to bolster the author’s claims.’
‘We ask readers to exercise caution and good judgment when determining whether or not stories concerning the former First Lady are accurate, particularly when they fail to cite Mrs. Trump as a source of information.’
But notably absent was any mention of the former president’s legal fight in New York over a hush money payment paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump a year after he married Melania.
Various reports have said the former first lady remains angry over the cheating allegations of her husband, is keeping busy raising their son Barron, 17, and intends to campaign with the former president.
But Melania Trump herself hasn’t spoken until now.
And her statement – the first since Donald’s criminal indictment – still leaves many questions about her level of support for her husband.
She didn’t join him in New York when he was formally arrested and arraigned on more than 30 felony charges. And she was notably absent when the former president gave a speech at Mar-a-Lago repudiating the charges against him.
But she did join him for Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, sitting at her husband’s side to mark the holiday occasion.
She and the former president walked into Mar-a-Lago’s ornate ballroom to a standing ovation from the crowd, videos posted online showed. The couple sat together, with red velvet ropes blocking off their large table from the rest of the diners.
Melania was seen chatting with her husband, leaning in close to talk as they ate. Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago is a tradition for the couple. Even during Trump’s presidency, they would spend the holiday together at the ‘Southern White House.’
Melania Trump issued her first statement since Donald Trump’s indictment
Trump appeared in court for his arraignment on April 4, 2023, on criminal charges surrounding hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels.
Viktor Knavs – Melania Trump’s father – stands between Eric and Lara Trump and Don Jr and his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle; Tiffany Trump and her husband Michael Boulos are seen to the right – but Melania was missing from Donald’s April 4th speech at Mar-a-Lago
Melania joined Donald for Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago
Donald and Melania received a standing ovation when they came into the ballroom
The former first lady broke her radio silence online by tweeting a simple ‘Happy Easter!’ message on Sunday.
For the Christian holiday, she wore a white dress with what appeared to be a flower pattern on its shoulders and down its center. The former president sported a pink tie with his dark suit.
Their table had pink and orange tulips on it. Mar-a-Lago was decorated for the holiday with paper mâché bunnies and pink roses.
But the sighting of Melania, 52, was remarkable after she was careful to stay away during the most public parts of Donald Trump’s indictment – with perhaps more indictments to come.
The former president’s legal woes continue this week as he is scheduled to return to New York for a deposition Thursday in a business fraud lawsuit filed against him and his company by the state’s attorney general, according to a person familiar with the matter.
It will be Trump’s first trip to New York City since his arraignment last week on felony charges in a separate criminal case.
Trump is expected to face questioning at New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in lower Manhattan, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.
The former president previously sat for a deposition at James’ office last August, just weeks before she filed the lawsuit. That time, Trump declined to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination more than 400 times.
Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – the New York case is tied to $130,000 hush money payments made to Daniels