Melania Trump
Slovenian model
Melania Trump
Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.
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Stepping Out, Melania Trump Honors Women Affected by Bias and Abuse
New York Times - about 23 hours
In a rare speech, she challenged a State Department audience to put themselves in the shoes of women — victims of domestic abuse, gender bias, or violence — who have fought injustice.
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Petition about Melania Trump continues to surge in popularity - CBS News
Google News - 1 day
CBS News Petition about Melania Trump continues to surge in popularity CBS News A Change.org petition about first lady Melania Trump continues to explode in popularity, attracting over 230,000 signatures and becoming the site's most signed campaign this week. The petition calls for her to either move to the White House or ... Trump Remembers the LadiesNew York Times Melania Trump hands out honors at State Department to women who displayed courageWashington Post Trump touts affordable childcare plansThe Hill Daily Beast -Breitbart News -Fortune -Christian Science Monitor all 235 news articles »
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No, Melania Trump Does Not Want To Wire You $20 Million
Huffington Post - 3 days
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Melania Trump hires communications director
CNN - 3 days
First lady Melania Trump is tapping a key member of the White House communications staff for her East Wing team -- deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham will serve as the first lady's communications director, the White House announced Monday.
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Trump Reportedly Miffed At Kushner For Skiing As Trumpcare Crashed
Huffington Post - 6 days
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump is reportedly irritated that his top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner took a family ski vacation to Colorado while the GOP’s Trumpcare health plan was going down in flames. Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump and their three kids were photographed hanging loose in Aspen this week as Trump and congressional Republican leaders worked in Washington to save their Obamacare replacement. The measure failed to gain enough support to pass the ...
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It costs ... to protect Melania Trump
CNN - 11 days
CNN's Sara Ganim takes a look at the cost of protecting President Trump during his frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago.
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Conan O’Brien Hilariously Suggests How Team Trump Earns Its Money
Huffington Post - 20 days
Conan O’Brien says he’s got the scoop on how members of President Donald Trump’s administration, his family and his political allies make their money. In a clip posted online Friday, the late night show host lightheartedly suggested the various ways in which celebrities and key figures in Team Trump ― such as his son Eric Trump, wife Melania Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and White House press secretary Sean Spicer ― earn their dollars. Here’s what O’Brien thinks makes up the income of Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, the former chairman of far-right website Breitbart News: Check out the rest of the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58c27608e4b0ed71826bbfcc,58c3a7c9e4b0d1078ca70812,58bfb0dde4b0d1078ca22cb8,58c15be9e4b0d1078ca47a6e CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Ivanka Trump is the president’s wife.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffi ...
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More Than Mar-a-Lago: Members Of All Trump Clubs Could Have Access To The President
Huffington Post - 20 days
By Viveca Novak and Emily Dalgo With each of President Donald Trump’s trips to the Mar-a-Lago Club — and there have been four in the last five weekends — questions mount about who, exactly, is there with him. Those wealthy enough to spend $200,000 for a club membership don’t have to try to schedule a meeting with Trump in Washington when they can bump into him at the winter White House and bend his ear for a moment or two. It’s partly a matter of security, which the Secret Service is scrambling to deal with. But critics say it also is the public’s right to know. And, it turns out, it’s not just club members and their guests who can mingle with Trump at what appears to be his favorite getaway; it’s also members of Trump’s many domestic and international golf resorts, who also are allowed to stay at Mar-a-Lago. Trump is a man who likes to be liked, and reports that he is rubbing shoulders with those who have anted up to join one of Palm Beach’s havens of exclusivity don’ ...
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Dan Savage: 'I F**king Hate Melania Trump'
Huffington Post - 20 days
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melania Trump
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    On September 1, 2016, her attorneys filed defamation lawsuits against British tabloid the Daily Mail and Webster Tarpley, a Maryland political blogger.
    More Details Hide Details Both had published allegations from other sources that she worked as an escort for a gentlemen's club in Italy in the 1990s. Tarpley published a retraction and an apology on August 22. The Daily Mail published a retraction and apology after the suit was filed.
    On July 18, 2016, Trump gave a speech on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details The speech contained a paragraph that was nearly identical to a paragraph of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. When asked about the speech, Trump said she wrote the speech herself "with as little help as possible". Two days later, Trump staff writer Meredith McIver took responsibility and apologized for the "confusion".
    Her biography in the 2016 Republican National Convention official program also incorrectly stated that she had obtained a degree in Slovenia.
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    In July 2016, Trump's official website was redirected to Trump.com.
    More Details Hide Details On Twitter, she stated that her site was outdated and did not "accurately reflect her current business and professional interests." This change came after it was widely noted by the media that the website had falsely claimed for more than 10 years that she had a degree in architecture and design from the University of Ljubljana.
    An anti-Donald Trump PAC in March 2016 published an attack ad featuring a nude photo of Trump that was published in 2000 as part of a British GQ magazine photoshoot.
    More Details Hide Details The photograph shows her handcuffed to a briefcase, lying on a fur blanket aboard Donald Trump's private jet.
    She is the wife of American businessman and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
    More Details Hide Details Born in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia (in today's Slovenia), she became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a citizen in 2006.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In November 2015, when asked about her husband's presidential campaign, Trump said, "I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Melania gave birth to a son named Barron William Trump.
    More Details Hide Details Donald suggested his first name and Melania his middle name. As an infant, Barron reportedly occupied his own floor in the Trumps' apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan, but often slept in a crib in his parents' bedroom. He plays golf with his father and is reported to be fluent in Slovene. He is said to like wearing a suit and tie, and Melania's nickname for him is "Mini-Donald".
    She obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006, the year after her marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Trump began her modeling career at age 16 and at age 17 posed for Slovenian fashion photographer Stane Jerko. At 18, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan, Italy. She was named runner-up in the 1992 Jana Magazine "Look of the Year" contest, held in Ljubljana, which promised its top three contestants an international modeling contract.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 28
    When asked by The New York Times in 1999 what her role would be if Donald Trump were to become president, Trump replied: "I would be very traditional.
    More Details Hide Details Like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. I would support him."
  • 1996
    Age 25
    After moving to New York City in 1996, Melania met Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in September 1998, while he was still married to, but separated from, Marla Maples; Donald attended the event with another date, Celina Midelfart, and Melania initially refused to give Donald her phone number. Melania broke off the relationship shortly after it began, but the couple reconciled after a few months. Their relationship gained attention after a 1999 interview on The Howard Stern Show. In 2000, Melania appeared with Donald while he campaigned for that year's Reform Party presidential nomination. Their relationship gained additional publicity after the 2004 launch of Donald's business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. Donald described their long courtship in 2005: "We literally have never had an argument, forget about the word 'fight'... We just are very compatible. We get along." After becoming engaged in 2004, Donald and Melania were married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at Donald's Mar-a-Lago estate.
    More Details Hide Details The event was attended by celebrities such as Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Rudy Giuliani, Heidi Klum, Star Jones, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Barbara Walters, Conrad Black, Regis Philbin, Simon Cowell, Kelly Ripa, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, and former president Bill Clinton. At the reception, Billy Joel serenaded the crowd with "Just the Way You Are" and supplied new lyrics about Trump to the tune of "The Lady Is a Tramp". The Trumps' wedding ceremony and reception were widely covered by the media. Trump wore a $200,000 dress made by John Galliano of the house of Christian Dior. The cake at the reception was a 50-pound orange Grand Marnier chocolate truffle cake, with a Grand Marnier butter-cream filling, covered with 3,000 roses created by the chef at Mar-a-Lago.
    After attending the University of Ljubljana and leaving after her freshman year, she then worked as a model for fashion houses in Milan and Paris, before relocating to New York City in 1996, her contract and visa negotiated by Italian businessman Paolo Zampolli.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently appeared on the covers of Harper's Bazaar (Bulgaria), Ocean Drive, In Style Weddings, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair (Italy), Vogue (following her marriage to Donald Trump), and GQ (UK). She was featured as a bikini model in the 2000 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As a model, she was associated with Irene Marie Management Group and Donald Trump's Trump Model Management. In the 2000s, she appeared in an advertisement for Aflac insurance in which she and the Aflac mascot, a duck, voiced at the time by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, exchange personalities via a Frankenstein-like mad experiment.
    She obtained an H-1B visa in October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details After that, she regularly returned to Slovenia to obtain a series of four more one-year work visas because, at the time, one-year visas were all that were permitted under the U.S. agreement with Slovenia. She obtained a green card and became a lawful permanent resident in 2001, applying as a model of “extraordinary ability”.
    Trump, through her lawyer Michael Wildes, has indicated that she first entered to the United States on a business visitor in August 1996.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Melania Trump was born in Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Viktor Knavs, who managed car and motorcycle dealerships for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, and was a member of the Slovenian Communist Party, came from the nearby town of Radeče. Her mother, Amalija (née Ulčnik), came from the village of Raka and was a patternmaker at the children's clothing manufacturer Jutranjka in Sevnica. She has a sister, Ines, and an older half-brother, whom she reportedly has never met, from her father's previous relationship. She grew up in a modest apartment in a concrete housing block in Sevnica, in Slovenia's Lower Sava Valley. When she was a teenager, the family moved to a two-story house near Sevnica and used a high-rise apartment in Ljubljana. Trump attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year before dropping out.
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