Melania Trump has taken the unusual step of responding to a TV host who claims that she is unhappy in her marriage to President Donald Trump.
MSNBC Morning Joe presenter Mika Brzezinski last week stated that Melania has the “worst job in the country” as First Lady, as is only staying on in the position “for her son”, 11-year-old Barron.
“I haven’t talked to her in months, but if my gut is right, I don’t think she’s going to put up with it much longer,” Mika said.
“I know nothing. That’s just my instinct and I go with my gut and my gut’s always right.”
Despite staying quiet over speculation on the state of her marriage in the past, Melania this weekend broke her silence over the comments.
“It is sad when people try to further their own agenda by commenting on me and my family, especially when they don’t know me,” her press office told the DailyMail.com.
The statement is rather vague and stands out by the fact that Melania clearly doesn’t feel the need to insist her marriage is happy (a question she has faced ever since Donald took office at the beginning of this year).
However, in true style, it seems Donald has taken up the mantle of attack ahead of his wife.
The leader of the free world spent last week firing off a series of vicious tweets aimed at “low I.Q. Crazy Mika”, whom he claims was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he last met her.
“As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder,” a spokesperson for Melania noted.
Almost immediately after Trump moved to the White House, a #FreeMelania meme – which posits that the First Lady is not all too happy about her new role and, hypothetically, about her marriage in general – did the rounds on social media.
Of course, the hashtag was pure speculation and there’s something rather unappetising about reading motive into a woman we’ve only really seen snatched photos and film footage of; as if she had no mind of her own.
Still, various circumstances have done little to stem the notion that Melania is less than thrilled with her FLOTUS status.
For one thing, she apparently “liked” a tweet from writer Andy Ostroy, which bore the caption: “Seems the only #Wall @realDonaldTrump’s built is the one between him and @FLOTUS #Melania #trump”. The like was quickly undone after it came to public attention.
Then, the 47-year-old former model took five months to join her husband in the White House, on the grounds that she wanted to wait for Barron to finish his school term in New York.
It’s a fair enough reason, but also unusual in a set-up where Donald’s daughter Ivanka appears to be filling in on a number of high-profile duties traditionally reserved for the First Lady.
And then came a damaging report by Vanity Fair that suggested that the President allegedly made his wife agree to a ‘contract’ to ‘get her body back’ before becoming pregnant with Barron.
The source, who claims to have visited Trump’s home while Melania was pregnant with her son Barron, stated that “[Melania] promised him that everything would go back to the way it was”.
What’s more, this source recalls the President being uncaring: “There was no, ‘How do you feel?’ No opening of doors, making sure she didn’t fall. Just ‘You wanted to have a baby.'”
Melania is likely taking the high road with her latest statement – and is refusing to entertain the rumours that surround her marriage by directly acknowledging them.
However, now she’s begun to be more vocal in the public sphere, we look forward to whatever she has to say next.