President Donald Trump called into Fox & Friends on Thursday morning because he said he wanted to wish his wife, Melania, a happy birthday — but then admitted on the air that he had been “too busy” to have bought her a birthday present.
“I picked a very, very special day because it is Melania’s birthday. I said, ‘Let’s do it on Melania’s birthday.’ Happy birthday, Melania,” said Trump on air. But when Fox News host Brian Kilmeade followed up by asking what the president what had gotten his wife to celebrate, the line abruptly went quiet.
“Well, I better not get into that because I may get in trouble,” said Trump, breaking the increasingly uncomfortable silence. “Maybe I didn’t get her so much.”
“I got her a beautiful card!” he added. “You know I’m too busy to be running out looking for presents. OK, but I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers.”
Trump’s awkward birthday celebration for his wife comes just days after video of him appearing to force a reluctant Melania to hold his hand made the hashtag #FreeMelania trend on social media. Also this week, an increasingly rare picture of Melania smiling warmly — not while talking to her husband, but rather to former President Obama at the funeral of the late first lady Barbara Bush — set the internet on fire.
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Trump also acknowledged on Thursday that Cohen had represented in him in legal matters pertaining to Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who is now suing Cohen for allegedly defaming her by claiming she lied about an affair with Trump in 2006. Daniels is also suing Trump in order to get out of the nondisclosure agreement that Cohen arranged on the basis that Trump made it invalid by never signing it. A week ago, the National Enquirer — a tabloid which is owned by friend of Trump’s — agreed to let former Playboy model Karen McDougal speak out about her alleged affair with Trump after a raid on Cohen’s legal offices appeared to reveal that he had colluded with McDougal’s and Daniels’ lawyer during the negotiation of their hush agreements. With all of this going on, how could it not be a happy birthday for Melania?
Watch video of Trump’s awkward birthday message to Melania below.
Trump tells Fox and Friends he didn't get Melania anything for her birthday today because he is too busy, but he did her her a card and flowers. pic.twitter.com/go3bNHrGQY
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