Melania Trump spoke after Donald Trump’s victory in South Carolina Saturday night. Melania’s rare presence on the campaign trail made her words all the more meaningful.
CNN reports that Donald Trump’s wife spoke only a few words before giving the microphone back to him.
“I just wanted to say, an amazing place South Carolina,” Melania said. She added, “Congratulations to my husband, he was working very hard. And he loves you, we love you and we are going ahead to Nevada and we’ll see what happens. He will be the best president!”
Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that the remarks were a sudden decision.
“I really just surprised her when I said that,” Trump said in her Slovanian accent. “I said say a few words, Melania, there’s only about 40 million people watching. Say a few words. And she got up and she spoke beautifully.”
Donald, 69, describes his beautiful 45-year-old wife as brilliant, but not one to seek out publicity. He said she’s a “very private woman” and he finds that appealing. He said that she’s a great mother to their 9-year-old son, Baron, and that she has “some interesting causes that are going to be fantastic for the country.”
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Melania Trump has kept her distance from the campaign trail largely due to being at home with Baron. It’s important to her that their son have a “steady parental presence at home.”
Donald has no shortage of family support on-hand during his presidential campaign. His grown children –Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric – have been significant backers during their father’s candidacy and often give TV news interviews.
Watching Melania Trump take the stage in South Carolina was a departure from her stance of refusing to get involved publicly in politics. She temporarily abandoned that position to support her husband on Saturday.
In a People interview earlier this year, Melania said sometimes she gives her husband advice in his campaign, but he’ll often do what he wants in spite of it.
“He is who he is,” Melania said. “Even if you give him advice, he will maybe take it in, but then he will do it the way he wants to do it. You cannot change a person. Let them be. Let them be the way they are.”
Melania Trump told Barbara Walters that she once told Donald to “tone it down a bit” during the GOP debates.