Melania Trump is one of “the most bullied” people on Earth she asserted in a wide-ranging interview set to air Friday. “I could say…
Melania Trump is one of “the most bullied” people on Earth she asserted in a wide-ranging interview set to air Friday.
“I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” the first lady told ABC News correspondent Tom Llamas in Africa, where she traveled solo to promote her “Be Best” campaign, which raises awareness about online bullying.
Pressed by Llamas about her assertion, she pulled back a bit.
“One of them — if you really see what people are saying about me,” she said without citing specific examples.
The first lady also said there people in the West Wing– some still working there — whom she did not trust.
“You always need to watch your back,” she said in excerpts that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America.”
“It’s harder to govern,” she added.
Asked what her husband did after she mentioned staffers who couldn’t be trusted, the first lady replied: “Well, some people, they don’t work there anymore.”
When asked if she has the most control over her husband’s staffing decisions, she laughed and said: “Oh, I wish.”
“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” she said.
Her comments come on the heels of an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times claiming that there is a “resistance” within the Trump administration.
The Times said the scathing article – which described a morally unmoored president whose “more misguided impulses” are thwarted by staffers — was written by a senior administration official, whose identity still remains a mystery.
President Trump slammed the essay on Twitter as “gutless” before sending out a single-word message: “TREASON?”
During her recent visit to the Nairobi National Park in Kenya, the first lady was criticized online for wearing a white pith helmet — the style of which has historical connotations of colonial rule in Africa.
“Melania thinks she’s Meryl Streep in Out of Africa,” one person tweeted .
Facing a backlash, Melania said: “I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”
She has been slammed previously for her sartorial choices, most notably in June when she wore a Zara jacket that read, “I really don’t care, do u,” while visiting immigrant children at the border with Mexico.
Critics have called Melania a hypocrite for adopting the cyberbullying cause — given her husband’s use of Twitter as a presidential bully pulpit to mock and lash out at adversaries.
“I am well aware that people are skeptical of me discussing the topic,” she said in March.
“I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue and I know that will continue, but it will not stop me from doing what I know is right. I am here with one goal: helping children and our next generation.”
The ABC News special – “Being Melania — The First Lady” – airs in full at 10 p.m. Friday.