In a revealing interview with ABC’s Tom Llamas, US First Lady Melania Trump has suggested that the White House continues to hire people who cannot be trusted, but added that she has let her husband know.
“Some people, they don’t work there anymore. […] You always need to watch your back,” she said.
Responding to the question if it was true that she had 100 percent control over her husband’s decisions, Melania said: “Oh, I wish. I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do.”
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump tells ABC that she distrusts some members of her husband’s administration, including some currently serving in the West Wing. https://t.co/cS9c99ZnwA pic.twitter.com/S27YxxWMq6— ABC News (@ABC) 11 октября 2018 г.
As the interview took place in Kenya, where the First Lady was promoting her “Be Best” initiative, which seeks to raise awareness about cyber bullying, Melania alleged that she was “the most bullied person in the world. One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me.”
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump says her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she tells ABC. https://t.co/iiEv5Z3ijv pic.twitter.com/CWZ7g9by27— ABC News (@ABC) 11 октября 2018 г.
She also stressed that it’s not only women who need to be supported, but also men.
Llamas then wondered how she would respond to someone who, for instance, would ask, “How could you say that, Mrs. Trump? You need to stand with women.”
“I do stand with women. We need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘Oh I was sexually assaulted, or ‘You did that to me,’ because sometimes the media goes too far. The way they portray some stories; it’s not correct, it’s not right,” she said.
EXCLUSIVE: "I support the women and they need to be heard," first lady Melania Trump tells @ABC’s @TomLlamasABC when asked if she supports the #MeToo movement, but says "you need to have evidence" to accuse someone of sexual assault. https://t.co/0WscAo61xe pic.twitter.com/9SIwJBAd4g— ABC News (@ABC) 11 октября 2018 г.
The interview with the First Lady came on the heels of a New York Times op-ed, allegedly penned by an anonymous Trump administration official, who claimed that senior employees were attempting to derail the president’s agenda.
Reacting to the publication of the article, Trump blasted the author as “gutless”…
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5 сентября 2018 г.
…and tweeted out a one-word message:
TREASON?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5 сентября 2018 г.
Most of the White House’s senior officials have denied writing the opinion piece and the identity of the author remains unknown.