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During his Thursday interview with SiriusXM podcaster Megyn Kelly, former President Donald J. Trump unexpectedly opened up about former First Lady Melania Trump, who has maintained an unobtrusive public profile since the Trumps left the White House that borders on the reclusive.
As reported by BizPac Review, Trump and Kelly discussed both the first lady and Trump’s youngest son Barron. Trump told Kelly, “She’s doing very well,” when she asked about Melania. “She’s very strong, very even-keeled, and she’s a very good woman, as you know.”
“She was a very popular first lady,” Trump added. “I mean, I’d go out to rallies, and they have pictures of Melania with ‘We love our first lady,’ Trump added of posters seen in the audience at his rallies.
Kelly asked him, “Melania’s so mysterious to so many. What do people misunderstand about her?”
Trump replied, “I think part of the beauty is that mystery.” He then hearkened back to a past interview with Barbara Walters, who told him that she always wanted to interview the legendary Hollywood recluse Greta Garbo, to whom he compared Melania.
“She was a great actress… she had a great beauty, but she was very reclusive, never did an interview,” Trump said wistfully.
“I don’t see Melania as like that, but she is much more… you know she’s introspective, and she’s confident,” he continued that she didn’t need “to be ripped apart for no reason. She doesn’t need to be out there. She’s got confidence, she’s got a lot of self-confidence.”
“The people really like her,” he added. “And she was a really good first lady.”
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“Melania is being credited by his friends with keeping President Trump ‘calm and focused’ amid the hellish week of his being indicted for the third time,” a source close to the former first couple told the outlet.
“Friends whisper these last few weeks have been hard on Trump, and although he always presents a tough front, these constant legal assaults are affecting his day-to-day life,” the source noted.
“Melania’s even better than his regular golf games at keeping his temper in check,” the source added. “She provides a peaceful life for him when he needs it.”
Ever the attentive wife and mother, the source said that Melania and the former President eat breakfast together daily with Barron and that she “turns the news off at times so they can watch something else together, and she frowns over telephone or social media use at the table.”
Crucially the source told Page Six, Melania backs Trump’s third bid for the White House to the hilt.
“She backs his bid for a second term completely and listens to him when he needs someone he can trust,” they reportedly said. “[Melania] is obsessively private, she never gossips with even her closest friends, so Trump knows when they talk about important things, it’s just between them.”
In a rare interview with Fox News in May, Melania told the outlet she is looking forward to serving the nation again and “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength.”
“My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again,” she told Fox, emphasizing her commitment to prioritize initiatives around children’s well-being and development.
“He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength,” she said.