Melania Trump sits one one interview criticizing attack husband saying two skin Donald does not credit
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Power couple: Melania said criticism of her husband does not bother the couple because the two have 'thick skin'
Melania Trump sat down for her first one-on-one interview Wednesday morning, eight months after her husband Donald first announced he was running for president.
The former model and potential future first lady spoke about everything from the constant attacks on her husband, his polarizing policy points and growing up in Slovenia before coming to America as an immigrant in the interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe.
She also brushed aside those who call her husband everything from a 'demagogue' and 'vulgarian' to a 'racist,' saying that the couple has 'thick skin' and attacking her husband's critics for not giving him enough credit.
'We have thick skin, and we know that people will judge him and people will call names,' said Melania, who gave the interview inside her lavish and very golden New York City penthouse.
'They don’t give him enough credit. From June that he announced, they don’t give him enough credit.'
'I never thought to stay here without papers. I had a visa, I traveled every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back, I applied for the green card, I applied for the citizenship later on after many years of green card.
'So I went by system, I went by the law. And you should do that, you should not just say let me stay here and whatever happens, happens.'
She also said that her husband only wanted a 'temporary ban' on Muslims, adding that it was because he wanted to keep the country safe.
'We need to screen who's coming to the country. He wants to protect America,' she said.
'He wants to protect people of America so we have a country and keep the country safe. That's very important to him.'
'He said illegal immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody. He talked about illegal immigrants. He opened a conversation that nobody did.
'And after a few weeks, like two weeks giving him a hard time and bashing him in the media, they turned around.
'They said, "you know what, he’s right. He’s right what he’s talking about." And he opened conversation that nobody did.
Shortly after she noted; 'What’s going on in the world is very dangerous. You have people who you don’t know what they will do.'
Melania was next asked how women were treated in the Trump Organization given her husband's comments about women during the campaign, specifically Fox news host Megyn Kelly.
'They're treated equal,' said Melania.
'I see him in life. He treats women the same as men. he will tell you what’s in his heart, what he thinks.
'He will not hold it back if you’re a woman. you’re human, a woman or a man, it’s no different.'
Back in the day:
'Sometimes he listens, sometimes he don’t. I follow the news from A-Z. I know what’s going on. I’m on the phone with my husband a few times a day.'
She told the host it was Donald's 'amazing mind,' that first attracted her to him, but was quick to add that she is her 'own person.'
Said the former model; 'We are own people. I’m my own person. He’s his own person. I don’t want to change him, he doesn’t want to change me.'
Melania said, as she has in every previous interview, that she has not spent that much time on the campaign trail because she wanted her son with Donald, 9-year-old Barron, to have a normal life.
She stays with him in New York City, and when she is away her mother watches the boy.
Melania, who said she speaks English, Italian, German and French in addition to her native Slovene, praised her parents, her mother in particular, for the way they raised her back in Slovenia.
She would not however reveal what her cause might be if she became first lady, but did tell Mika she had a few ideas.
That is looking like more and more of a possibility, especially after Donald's massive win in Tuesday's Nevada caucus.
Donald heavily promoted his wife's appearance on Wednesday morning to his over 6million Twitter followers, writing about it repeatedly the day before.
He also said Tuesday night that he believes he could secure the nomination for president in two more months.
After the interview was finished, Mika said back in the studio that Melania was 'cultured and articulate,' though the host came under fire on social media from people who claimed she was too soft and that Melania must have been given the questions before her appearance.
Many of the questions were ones Melania had also already been asked in the few print interviews she has done and her sit down with Donald and the couple's close friend Barbara Walters.
Morning Joe has always been kind to Donald, and in an interview earlier this month he thanked the panel during an interview, saying; 'You guys have been supporters, and I really appreciate it.'
Joe and Mika immediately tried to backtrack on what he had said, with Mika saying; 'But let me clarify what supporters mean, Joe. This is kind of important. Because from the get-go, Donald and I have not agreed on things ever since we started talking about pageants on Morning Joe, so it’s not like Donald and I have the same worldview.
'You guys might in some ways. But we knew that he could do this from the get-go. So I think the sense is that we believed that his talents actually could follow through and translate into something, while everyone else underestimated him.'
Joe later added; 'I’m the only person who had hung up on Donald Trump on live television. And we’ve been critical of his approach towards Muslims, we said he went too far on John McCain.'