President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have an interesting marriage. The Slovenia native met the billionaire in 1998 at a party, eventually marrying him in 2005 and having a son, Barron, in 2006.
Though the former model once said she’d be a traditional first lady, like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy, during the presidential race, Melania played a minimal role, rarely appearing on the campaign trail. With rumors of infidelity and unhappiness, many think the couple’s relationship is in shambles.
Here are the odd things President Trump has said about the first lady. One puzzling comment about “knowing Melania” turned heads and got people talking (page 9).
1. As long as her breasts aren’t harmed
If Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels did occur, the POTUS threw his wedding vows out the window shortly after he and Mrs. Trump tied the knot. However, in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, Trump expressed his intent to keep his vows as long as Melania’s body remained intact.
Stern asked if Trump would keep his vows if Melania was disfigured in a horrible accident. The hotel mogul replied, “Totally, no question in my mind. How do the breasts look?”
Next: He didn’t exactly charm the in-laws.
2. Trump’s quickie with Melania
With a marriage to Trump came the promise that Melania would never have to go back to Eastern Europe. Well, they did return once. President Trump told Larry King the following of his quick visit to Slovenia: “I was there for about 13 minutes. We landed. I said, Hi, Mom. Hi, Dad. Bye.”
Not exactly an impressive way to meet your future in-laws.
Next: Her style choice was a “natural” disaster.
3. Melania has been ‘abused’
One thing President Trump is quick to do: rush to his wife’s defense. After the first lady received flack for wearing stilettos while visiting hurricane victims in Texas, Trump said:
She’s taken tremendous abuse. She wants to look, out of respect for the White House, wants to look good leaving the front entrance to the White House. So she dresses up, and she puts on formal shoes, high heels, and she leaves the White House going to Texas.
We don’t think making fun of Melania’s wardrobe qualifies as “tremendous abuse.” It could be worse; folks compared Michelle Obama to an ape and called her horrible names.
Next: Melania makes creepy comments, too.
4. An intimate three-way conversation
When Trump called Howard Stern’s show in 1999, the host asked Donald, “Let me talk to that broad in your bed.” Melania got on the phone and answered Stern’s sexual questions, explaining she was nearly naked during their call and that she and Donald had sex more than once a day.
Donald wasn’t bothered by their conversation; when he got back on the phone he said, “She is actually naked. It’s a thing of beauty.” Apparently, what happens in the bedroom doesn’t stay there.
Next: Divorce jokes aren’t funny.
5. Her exit is a public joke
Trump’s White House is a revolving door of candidates. From the ousting of FBI directors, secretary of states, and even chiefs of staff, it’s no telling who will go next. According to Trump, it could be his wife. At the 2018 Gridiron Club Dinner, the president joked:
So many people have left the White House. It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ‘cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Now the question everyone keeps asking is, “Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?” That is terrible honey, but you love me, right?
It’d be funnier if it weren’t so sad.
Next: Trump’s real thoughts on Melania’s speech
6. A magnificent (plagiarized) speech
The first lady wasn’t around much during Trump’s campaign, but she did raise some eyebrows with the speech she gave at the Republican National Convention in 2016. In fact, much of her talk was plagiarized from a speech given by Former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2008.
Despite this fact, the hoopla surrounding the speech pleased Trump. He said, “Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!”
7. A couple that never fights … stays together?
Many wonder how the first lady has been able to stomach standing by her husband’s side. However, she seems more than used to it. In an interview with Larry King shortly after they were married, Trump explained he was happy with Melania because of their compatibility.
He explained, “We were together five years. We literally have never had an argument or forget about the word ‘fight.’ We’ve never even had an argument. We just are very compatible. We get along … We just have a very good relationship.”
Next: Donald got his wife for “the right price.”
8. He negotiated for his model
In 2002, Trump negotiated a modeling contract for Melania to be on a billboard in New York City. During an interview, Howard Stern implied Melania must’ve bribed him, saying, “She must be great in the sack.”
Trump replied, “Well, I let her do advertising down there because I got her for the right price, Howard … I really made a good deal.”
First of all, he “let her” model? And second, he put a price on his wife. Neither implications are flattering.
Next: His comment about “knowing Melania” raised eyebrows.
9. She’s basically a single parent
Trump always praises his wife, even when revealing less-than-stellar details about himself. In 2005, before his youngest son Barron’s birth, Trump sat down with Larry King to discuss having children with Melania:
The way I look at it, there’s nothing like a good marriage. And there’s nothing like having children. If you have the money, having children is great. Now I know Melania, I’m not going to be doing the diapers, I’m not gonna be making the food, I may never even see the kids. She’ll be an unbelievable mother. I’ll be a good father.
Mostly he just reiterated that he believes marriage and parenting should model the 1950s.
Next: Trump isn’t afraid to compare.
10. The billionaire wife has a rough life
Though she’s stood by Trump’s side for the past two decades, we’re sure the scrutiny hasn’t been easy on the first lady since her husband began his run for president. With the Mueller investigation and the Stormy Daniel’s scandal, people examine the first lady’s every move.
At a 2018 rally in Pennsylvania, the president acknowledged how bumpy his wife’s life has become. He said, “You think her life is so easy, folks? Not so easy.” What exactly is he admitting to?
Next: Even more info on the couple’s sex life
11. Melania’s performance … in bed
The president isn’t exactly known for his decorum, which is why when Stern asked him about marrying again after being divorced twice he gave a very crude answer.
On The Howard Stern Show in 2004, he said of his then-girlfriend, “Well, she is terrific in bed. She wouldn’t want me to say that, but she is.” Gross.
Next: The anti-bullying campaign needs to start with her husband.
12. Does she truly love being first lady?
If you look at the first lady’s track record — or her stoic facial expressions — it looks like Melania would rather do anything than be the first lady of the United States. However, the president assures us his wife is obsessed with her new role.
He once stated, “Melania, our great and very hard working first lady, who truly loves what she is doing.” If she really loves it, shouldn’t it go unsaid? Somehow we just aren’t buying his statement.
Next: Trump’s overconfidence rubs off.
13. Did she really think he’d win?
Though Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House and other reports suggest Trump’s presidential win devastated Melania, the couple said those were false reports.
The president says Melania knew he’d win all along. In November 2017, he tweeted, “[She] always thought that “if you run, you will win.” She would tell everyone that, ‘no doubt, he will win.’ I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) – and Country is doing great!
Next: Melania has questionable priorities.
15. Trump takes Melania’s advice lightly
Though Trump says he respects his wife and her opinions, he’s clearly doesn’t heed her advice. In 2015, he spoke with Barbara Walters just after his Presidential campaign began.
He said, “I can tell you, [Melania]’s told me a couple of times during the debates she was very happy with my performances — if you can call it a performance — but she’s said you could tone it down a bit on occasion, which I understand.”
Next: How would you describe the love of your life?
16. She’s ‘great’ — that’s it?
If there really is trouble brewing in the Trump marriage, then the president is doing his best to praise his wife publicly so she’ll stay by his side.
During a recent speech in Pennsylvania, he randomly spoke of Melania, calling her a “great, great first lady. She’s great.” OK.
Next: Is it possible to be a private first lady?
17. Just leave her alone
Melania seems deeply uncomfortable with the scrutiny and spotlight of the White House. In an October 2017 interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, President Trump confirmed this theory.
Trump called his wife a “private person” and explained she doesn’t want the criticism and attention she constantly gets. Perhaps he should have considered his wife’s feelings before running for office.
Next: Compared to Ivanka …
18. Melania and Ivanka’s ‘frosty’ relationship
It seems the president has two trophies: Ivanka and Melania. The real question is which one comes first? President Trump will never live down his comments about his daughter’s body and sexuality. And Melania has been forced to tolerate nearly all of them.
The first recorded incident of inappropriateness occurred when a 16-year-old Ivanka Trump hosted the 1997 Miss Universe Pageant. According to the Independent, Donald “turned to the then-Miss Universe and asked: “Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?”
He met Melania about one year later.
Next: The comments that went too far
19. How much can Melania take?
Melania is clearly willing to put up with a lot.
While they dated, Trump called Ivanka “a piece of ass” and said, “She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.” The year Melania gave birth to their son Barron, the future president said, “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” As he prepared to run for office, Trump shared, “If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …”
Next: Will Melania be his last marriage?
20. His last chance at love
In his 70s now, we highly doubt the president wants to risk losing the first lady, no matter what his past indiscretions may be. For whatever reason, she can tolerate his antics, and it’s clear he has great admiration for her because of it.
He once told gossip columnist Cindy Adams his years with Melania “for whatever reasons have been my most successful. I have to imagine she had something to do with that.”
We’re just here to see how this saga will continue.
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