‘Honest opinions’

Melania Trump says her experience as ‘most bullied person in the world’ motivated her ‘Be Best’ campaign

Melania Trump speaking with ABC News in a recent interview. (YouTube / ABC News)

First lady Melania Trump referred to herself as “the most bullied person in the world” during an interview with ABC News that was broadcast in part Thursday on Good Morning America. The first lady appeared in a rare sit-down interview with reporter Tom Llamas during her recent solo-trip to Africa — without making any preconditions about questions could be asked. In a preview of the full interview, which is set to air on Friday, Llamas asked her about the #MeToo movement, Donald Trump’s alleged infidelity, and her infamous decision to wear a jacket that read, “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” on a trip to visit immigrant children who had been separated from their parents and placed in detention facilities.

On Thursday, ABC revealed other juicy revelations from the interview — including Melania’s admission that the responses she’s received to her Twitter account since Donald Trump’s election had led her to stop checking the platform entirely.

“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world,” she told Llamas.

“One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me,” she continued, after Llamas expressed surprise at the assertion. “That’s why my Be Best initiative focuses on social media and online behavior. We need to educate the children of social, emotional behavior, so when they grow up and they know how to deal with those issues.”

Melania Trump gives her first sit down interview as first lady to ABC News’ Tom Llamas. (ABC News)

She also addressed the difficult issue of trust within an administration that has become notorious for in-fighting — a problem that has only escalated in wake of an anonymous New York Times Op-Ed that described efforts by officials inside the administration to derail Trump’s policies. According to the Times, the Op-Ed was penned by a senior administration official. When asked directly whether there were people within the West Wing that she didn’t trust, Melania replied, “Yes.”

“Some people, they don’t work there anymore,” she said, acknowledging that there remained many within the administration that she considered untrustworthy. “It’s harder to govern. You always need to watch your back.”

But when asked about whether she could exert influence over her husband on matters of policy or personnel, she laughed at the notion.

“Oh, I wish,” she said. “I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do.”

Watch video excerpts of the interview below.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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