‘Opportunists’

Melania Trump says she’s only criticized by people looking ‘to advance themselves’

First lady Melania Trump listens as President Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Two months after Melania Trump declared herself one of the “most bullied” people in the world, the first lady says she stills feeling persecuted by critics that she insists are insincere “opportunists” who only complain about her in order to advance their own careers. Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a longtime friend of Donald Trump’s and fellow client of Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced for helping Trump cover up alleged extramarital affairs during the 2016 presidential campaign, Melania was upbeat and smiling during an interview that largely avoided combative or difficult topics. But when asked what the hardest part of being first lady has been, Melania was quick to go on the attack.

“I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers,” she responded.

“Does it hurt?” Hannity asked, noting that the Trump’s marriage itself had also faced media scrutiny.

“It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing the history and it’s not correct,” Melania insisted. “They like to focus on the gossip and I would like to … focus on the substance, and what we do, not just about nonsense.”

Melania also addressed reports that she has tried to influence the president’s opinions — and especially his Twitter use.

“I don’t agree with his tone sometimes and I tell him that,” she said, echoing comments she’s made on the topic previously. “Sometimes he listens sometimes he doesn’t. In the end it’s his decision, he’s an adult.”

Regardless of criticism, Melania said, she would continue to “do what I think is right.”

“I want to stay true to myself,” the first lady said.

Watch her full interview with Hannity below.

Read the full story at CNN.

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