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Melania Trump says it would be a privilege to again serve as First Lady

By Ben Marquis
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May 10, 2023

When former President Donald Trump officially launched his 2024 re-election campaign in November, it was unclear whether or not he had the backing of his wife, former first lady Melania Trump.

That question was seemingly answered in a recent interview as Trump revealed that she would consider it a "privilege" to serve as first lady in the White House for another term, The Hill reported.

She further made it clear that her husband has her support as he seeks a second four-year stint as the president of the United States.

President Trump "Has My Support" for Re-election Bid

Fox News reported this week that Melania Trump, in an exclusive interview, said, "My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again" if re-elected.

"He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength," she added.

The former first lady noted that if she had "the privilege" of reprising that role following the 2024 election, she would focus once again on the development and well-being of children and work to ensure that all had the "support and resources they need to reach their full potential."

Refocus on "Be Best" and "Fostering the Future" Initiatives for Children

Fox News further reported that Melania Trump hosted a private luncheon on May 6 at her Mar-a-Lago resort home in South Florida to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the "Be Best" initiative that sought to address issues like abusive behavior online and opioid addiction with respect to children.

She has also branched out from there with a related initiative known as "Fostering the Future" which is focused on children who've grown up in and are aging out of the foster care system and seeks to provide special computer science scholarships for those with a particular aptitude for technology to help them find jobs in the future.

"Since leaving Washington D.C., my commitment to the foster community has grown stronger," Trump said. "At the present time, there are more than 400,000 children in the foster care system, and there is less than a 3 percent chance of former foster children completing their college education."

"In fact, many end up on the street, homeless," she continued. "My objective is to reduce the gap and increase access to higher education for those who leave the foster care system."

Trump added, "I have faith that an education-based foundation will provide these individuals with the skills needed to secure employment and achieve financial stability."

No Mention of Husband's Legal Issues

Forbes reported that the exclusive Fox News interview with former first lady Trump was friendly in nature and did not touch on any of the legal issues currently surrounding her husband, the former president.

It did address the overt "double standard" of the fashion magazine world, which has largely excluded and ignored the former supermodel while simultaneously featuring leading Democratic ladies on its covers, including former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, current first lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others.

Trump brushed off the seemingly partisan snub and explained, "They’re biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious, and I think [the] American people and everyone see it, and I have much more important things to do ... than being on the cover of Vogue."

Remarks Contradict Anonymously-Sourced Report Last Month

Forbes also noted that Melania Trump's recent interview with Fox News appeared to contradict an anonymously-sourced report from People magazine in April which asserted that the former first lady was "angry" about the former president's legal woes and "uncomfortable" with his bid for a second term in 2024.

That report from People also cited unnamed sources who said that Trump "simply wants to be left alone" at her home in Mar-a-Lago and "does not want to be in the spotlight" that would come with a re-election campaign or another four years in the White House.

However, in response to that article, a spokesperson for the former first lady told the magazine, "People should read stories about Mrs. Trump and her feelings with caution, especially those citing sources that are anyone but Mrs. Trump."