No one can imagine it’s easy to be the First Lady of the United States. How much harder must it be when your husband is the most vilified President in US history?
In Part Three of Melania Trump’s interview series with ABC, she gives admirably straightforward replies to Tom Llamas’s difficult questions on her husband’s immigration policies.
The President was widely condemned earlier this year for his border policy that had apparently separated children from their parents in border detention centres. ‘If you don’t like it,’ he had said, ‘then don’t smuggle your children over the border.’ The rhetoric of outrage that followed from the Left at times reached near-hysteria, as Laura Perrins wrote here.
No one wants to see families separated. Neither did Melania. It was little wonder that she wanted to go and see the situation for herself, and chose to wear a jacket that defiantly questioned what the Left really cared about.
On her return she persuaded her husband to revoke his order that separated children from their families pending ‘improper entry proceedings’.
In her account of this she chooses, wisely perhaps, not to take on the Left’s responsibility for the impossible immigration crisis her husband has been left to sort out as a result of his predecessor’s negligence. Nor does she go into the truth behind the separation of children described here.
She just says what she did, which was to make her husband change his mind, going on to defend her husband’s determination to deal with chain migration. Not easy in face of her own parents taking up residence in the USA.
But she does it, endorsing her husband’s policies, while displaying an admirable sense of when it is better to say less rather than more.
ABC News special: ‘Being Melania – The First Lady’, Part 3