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Melania Trump doesn’t rule out a second term as First Lady

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Melania Trump doesn’t rule out a second term as First Lady

Former First Lady Melania Trump hinted that she may be up for a second term in the White House during her first sit-down interview since her husband left office.

Melania told Fox Nation that she is doing well and keeping busy after Donald Trump’s tumultuous exit from Washington, D.C.

When asked by interviewer Pete Hegseth whether she believed the White House could become her home again, Melania hedged.

‘I like Washington, D.C. I know it operates completely different[ly] than any other city. To be the First Lady of the United States was my greatest honor, and I think we achieved a lot in the four years of the Trump administration,’ she said. 

‘Never say never,’ she added.

Melania also said she enjoyed her role, and taking care of the White House despite the many criticisms she faced while Trump was in office.

Scrutiny towards the former model-turned-businesswoman increased after an incident in which she wore a jacket emblazoned with the words ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ on a trip to visit immigrant kids at a border detention center in 2018.

Melania clarified later the message was meant for the ‘left-wing media and people’ who criticized her, and not the children.

Despite his wife’s cautious answer, Trump has repeatedly hinted that he will run for the presidency again in 2024.

Asked last year whether he would run again by GB News, Trump said he didn’t see another option.

‘So I love our country,’ Trump said. ‘If you love the country you have no choice. It’s not a question.’

Melania Trump told Fox Nation that she is doing well and keeping busy after Donalds Trump’s tumultuous exit from Washington DC, and does not rule out the possibility of being First Lady again

Melania said she enjoyed her role, and taking care of the White House despite the many criticisms she faced while Trump was in office (File photo)

Melania said she enjoyed her role, and taking care of the White House despite the many criticisms she faced while Trump was in office (File photo)

Scrutiny towards the former model-turned-businesswoman increased after an incident in which she wore a jacket emblazoned with the words 'I really don't care, do u?' on a trip to visit immigrant kids at a border detention center in 2018

Scrutiny towards the former model-turned-businesswoman increased after an incident in which she wore a jacket emblazoned with the words ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ on a trip to visit immigrant kids at a border detention center in 2018

In the sit-down interview with Fox, Melania Trump was also asked for her views on the baby formula crisis.

‘It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in the 21st century in the United States of America,’ she said.

Questioned about what was causing the shortages, Melania took aim at Joe Biden’s administration and replied: ‘Leadership.’

When Hegseth asked if she meant a lack of leadership, she said: ‘Yeah.’

The 52-year-old has kept a low profile since leaving the White House in January 2021, with only rare sightings by members of Mar-a-Lago.

Melania told Hegseth she is used to criticism by now and has chosen to focus on her philanthropic work with foster care youth.

‘I’m here to help people and that is the mission. And those people who criticize me, I would encourage them to [help] their own community or maybe join my Foster the Future initiative,’ she said. 

In January, Melania denied a report in Bloomberg that she was behind the $180,000 purchase of the art after it was claimed no-one else had come forward

In January, Melania denied a report in Bloomberg that she was behind the $180,000 purchase of the art after it was claimed no-one else had come forward

She has spent her time promoting the sale of her NFT collection of digital artworks to fund scholarships for vulnerable youth.

In January, Melania denied a report in Bloomberg that she was behind the $180,000 purchase of the art after it was claimed no-one else had come forward.

‘They need our resources, support, empowerment, to achieve that American dream,’ Melania said about her initiative to Fox.

The former First Lady also took the chance to talk with one of the recipients, who thanked her for her generosity and assured her he would get nothing but straight As.

During the eight-minute interview, Melania lashed out at Vogue editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour for putting Jill Biden on the front cover of her magazine, yet failing to do the same for her while her husband was in office.

‘We did a little research. You were the only first lady to go to the border. You did it twice,’ Hegseth began telling Melania ‘How did you put up with the constant criticism?’

The former First Lady also took the chance to talk with one of the of the recipients of the Foster the Future scholarship, who thanked her for her generosity and assured her he would get nothing but straight A

The former First Lady also took the chance to talk with one of the of the recipients of the Foster the Future scholarship, who thanked her for her generosity and assured her he would get nothing but straight A

Melania Trump has spent her time promoting the sale of her NFT collection of digital artworks to fund scholarships for vulnerable youth

Melania Trump has spent her time promoting the sale of her NFT collection of digital artworks to fund scholarships for vulnerable youth

The former First Lady is seen walking out of the Oval Office with her husband, former President Donald Trump in 2019

The former First Lady is seen walking out of the Oval Office with her husband, former President Donald Trump in 2019

 

‘Take Vogue, for example — five months into Joe Biden’s presidency, Jill Biden’s on the cover. [Vice President] Kamala Harris is on the cover before she’s even sworn in. Hillary Clinton was on the cover when she was first lady. Michelle was on the cover three times. Yet with your business background and your fashion background and your beauty, never on the cover of Vogue. Why the double standard?’, Hegseth inquired.

‘They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious. And I think American people and everyone sees it. It was their decision, and I have much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than being on the cover of Vogue,’ Melania said in response. 

Melania did once make the cover of Vogue, back in February 2005, when the Conde Nast title scored exclusive shots of her in her wedding dress as she married Donald.   

She was also offered a Vogue shoot shortly after Trump came to power, but refused to accept after the magazine said it could not guarantee her the cover, her former fixer Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff has claimed. 

Other conservative first ladies – including both Laura and Barbara Bush – were also denied the chance at a Vogue cover, sparking accusations of liberal bias.  

Just months after becoming First Lady, Jill Biden landed her first Vogue cover - an honor that was never given to her predecessor Melania Trump. It saw her posing at the White House in a $2,690 Oscar de la Renta gown

Just months after becoming First Lady, Jill Biden landed her first Vogue cover – an honor that was never given to her predecessor Melania Trump. It saw her posing at the White House in a $2,690 Oscar de la Renta gown  

Melania covered the February 2017 issue of Vanity Fair Mexico, though the story and photos were recycled from a profile featured in GQ in April 2016

Melania covered the February 2017 issue of Vanity Fair Mexico, though the story and photos were recycled from a profile featured in GQ in April 2016

Before Melania became first lady, she donned a Christian Dior wedding dress on the February 2005 cover of Vogue following her wedding to Trump

Before Melania became first lady, she donned a Christian Dior wedding dress on the February 2005 cover of Vogue following her wedding to Trump

During the Obama administration, Melania starred in a nude cover shoot for British GQ – back when she was still known by her maiden name, Melania Knauss.

More recently, she covered the February 2017 issue of Vanity Fair Mexico, though the story and photos were recycled from a profile featured in GQ in April 2016. Both publications share the same parent company as Vogue, Condé Nast.  

Wintour never explicitly said she would not have Mrs. Trump on the cover again, but has suggested previously that she wasn’t interested in doing so.

Her predecessor Michelle Obama, however, graced the cover of the prestigious fashion magazine on three occasions: first in February 2009, less than a month after President Obama’s inauguration, then again in 2013, and finally in November 2016. 

Melania Trump accused Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour of 'being biased'. 'They have likes and dislikes, and it's so obvious,' Trump said

Melania Trump accused Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour of ‘being biased’. ‘They have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,’ Trump said

Hillary Clinton became the first wife of a President to pose on the cover of Vogue in 1998, when she was photographed by Leibovitz for the magazine

Hillary Clinton became the first wife of a President to pose on the cover of Vogue in 1998, when she was photographed by Leibovitz for the magazine

The only other First Lady to appear on the cover before Michelle Obama was Hillary Clinton in 1998. 

A shoot inside the magazine’s pages has become something of a tradition for Presidents’ wives that began with Lou Henry Hoover in 1929. 

Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter,  Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush all appeared in the pages of Vogue during their husband’s respective presidencies. 

Melania’s absence from the publication, along with the US’s other major glossy magazines, sparked fury from Trump and the Republicans throughout his presidency. 

Trump would regularly blast them for failing to give his wife a cover. 

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (pictured with the Trumps in 2005) has suggested she was not interested in having Mrs. Trump return as First Lady for another cover shoot

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (pictured with the Trumps in 2005) has suggested she was not interested in having Mrs. Trump return as First Lady for another cover shoot

In January, then-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris appeared on the front of the fashion magazine, which published two versions of her cover

In January, then-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris appeared on the front of the fashion magazine, which published two versions of her cover

In January 2021, then-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris appeared on the front of the fashion magazine, which published two versions of her cover

Weeks before he was due to leave the White House, the then-President made his outrage known by tweeting a comment from right-wing publication Breitbart, which called out the ‘elitist snobs in the fashion press’ with Trump adding that Melania is ‘the greatest of all time’ and blasting the magazines as ‘fake news’. 

Melania’s absence as a cover star was keenly felt by the President who often commented that his wife was overlooked, particularly when compared to Michelle Obama, who landed cover shoots with a host of magazines, including Glamour, Elle, O The Oprah Magazine, and Essence. 

Melania did once feature on the cover of Vogue, back in 2005 shortly after she married the billionaire, however Anna Wintour – who has been outspoken in her criticism of Trump and his administration – suggested in 2019 that she would not feature her again, telling Christiane Amanpour: ‘Those of us that work at Conde Nast believe that you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.’

Melania’s former spokesperson Stephanie Grisham then hit back, insisting that being ‘on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump’, adding that she had ‘been there, done that long before she was First Lady’.

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