Former first lady Melania Trump hasn’t been in the public eye much since leaving the White House, but came out recently to make a statement that was perhaps as unexpected as her unexpected announcement.
In the midst of investigations, a criminal, and civil trial all against her husband, Melania didn’t speak on these pressing matters directly and instead told Fox News digital what she’s preparing for.
Melania declared that she is fully behind her husband’s bid to retake the White House and discussed her own plans and the presidential campaign of her husband.
“My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again,” she said, noting that she would appreciate having “the privilege” of being first lady again.
“He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength,” she said.
The interview took place on Saturday during a luncheon that Melania Trump threw at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where the first couple owns a residence, according to a story on Fox News on Tuesday.
The former first lady’s “Be Best” project, which she introduced from the White House Rose Garden in 2018, celebrated its fifth anniversary during the luncheon.
Melania Trump has adopted a low-key strategy to assist forgotten children, notably those in the nation’s foster care system, as the former president has continued with his campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
If the Trump family wins the presidency again, she promised to “prioritize the well-being and development of children, as I have always done.”
I enjoyed the open and sincere discussion I had this past weekend, over lunch, with a group of teens from the foster care community. We covered a wide range of topics, including their personal experiences, struggles, and hopes for the future. I am confident that they will… pic.twitter.com/pqY8F2RZzm
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) May 9, 2023
“My focus would continue to be creating a safe and nurturing space for children to learn, grow, and thrive,” she said, according to Fox. “If additional problems arise, I will take the time to study them and understand their root causes.”
She added: “My goal would be to ensure that every child has the support and resources they need to reach their full potential.”
Melania Trump established “Be Best,” a program that emphasized healthy, successful outcomes for kids, five years ago. Since then, she has established “Fostering the Future,” which offers scholarships to young people leaving foster care who wish to pursue careers in information technology.
Today, on the 5th anniversary of my Be Best initiative, we are reminded of the incredible impact that can be achieved when we come together to support our next generation.
The fact that two individuals from the foster care community have received university-level scholarships… pic.twitter.com/vpSP5P4ZKN
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) May 7, 2023
“Since leaving Washington D.C., my commitment to the foster community has grown stronger,” she said, according to Fox.
“At the present time, there are more than 400,000 children in the foster care system, and there is less than a 3 percent chance of former foster children completing their college education. In fact, many end up on the street, homeless.
“My objective is to reduce the gap and increase access to higher education for those who leave the foster care system,” she said.
Two scholarships have been given out so far.
“I have faith that an education-based foundation will provide these individuals with the skills needed to secure employment and achieve financial stability,” she said, according to Fox.
According to a spokesperson for Melania Trump, her goal is to “bring awareness and attention to the foster care system and help guarantee that no child is overlooked, defined by their circumstance, or confined to their present reality.”
Melania Trump released a statement last month in reaction to many press reports about the fact that she did not travel to New York City when her husband was charged with numerous charges of fabricating financial documents.
“Melania will support him. That’s what she does. They are a family,” People reported in an April 3 article, citing what it called “a political source.”
A March 31 report in the U.K. Daily Mail cited a source it described as “close to the former first lady” who painted a similar picture.
“Mrs. Trump is strong. She is focused on her family and stands behind her husband, as she always has,” the source said. “For the past seven years, the left has made multiple attempts to smear and attack her family and this is just the latest attempt to bring him down.”