In a rare interview, the ex-model and wife of former US President Donald Trump refuses to rule out a return to the White House and says she didn’t appear in Vogue because the magazine was “biased”.
Donald Trump’s wife Melania has refused to rule out another term as First Lady of the United States.
Her husband has regularly hinted that he plans to start running again in 2024, but until now Melania has kept quiet about the chances of that happening again.
The former model, 52, has kept her head down since the tumultuous end of her husband’s messy presidency earlier last year, but she has now given a rare sit-down interview.
When asked by Fox News if she thought she would ever serve another four years in the White House, she was noncommittal — but didn’t specifically rule it out.
“I like Washington DC. I know it works very differently [from] any other city.
“Being the first lady of the United States has been my greatest honor, and I think we’ve accomplished a lot in the four years of the Trump administration,” she said.
“Never say Never.”
Reports during her husband’s presidency suggested that she was less keen than her husband on her part in the glamor of the world’s media, but she told Fox she still enjoyed being First Lady.
The interview on Fox – one of the Trumps’ biggest cheerleaders – also touched on Melania’s non-appearance on the cover of Vogue while she was in the White House, although her successor has already been announced.
But Melania – who previously appeared on the cover – responded that there were “much more important” things to worry about.
Interviewer Pete Hegseth told Melania: “We did a little research. You were the only first lady to push the envelope. you did it twice How did you endure the constant criticism?
“Take Vogue for example – five months into Joe Biden’s presidency, Jill Biden is on the cover. [Vice-President] Kamala Harris is on the cover before she’s even been sworn in. Hillary Clinton was on the cover when she was First Lady. Michelle [Obama] was on the cover three times.
“But with your background in business and your background in fashion and your beauty, never on the cover of Vogue. Why double standards?”
Melania replied: “They are biased and have likes and dislikes and it’s so obvious. And I think the American people and everyone sees it.
“It was her decision and I have far more important things to do – and I did that in the White House – than being on the cover of Vogue.”
Melania’s tone in the interview was less harsh than her husband’s.
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In the issue of Vogue, Donald Trump has regularly attacked the magazine for not giving his wife a cover when she was First Lady.
And when the former president was asked last year if he would run again for the highest office in the country, he said: “I love our country. If you love the country, you have no choice. This is not a question.”
However, some in the Republican Party leadership have cautiously attempted to change the narrative in recent months.
They believe their best chance of winning the presidency in the next election is to break away from Trump’s divisive leadership style.