First lady Melania Trump says she is not “focusing on the gossip” surrounding speculation over her marriage to President Donald Trump and his behavior.
The first lady sat down with Sean Hannity aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier Wednesday, following her visit to two military bases in Washington and Hampton, Virginia.
The interview comes the same day Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three-years in prison for a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations for paying hush money to two of Trump’s alleged sex partners during the 2016 campaign – a topic that the first lady has never addressed on the record.
That did not change on Fox News’ “The Sean Hannity Show.”
“(The media) likes to focus on the gossip and I would like them to focus on the substance and what we do, not just about nonsense,” Melania Trump told Hannity during the interview.
She continued: “I do what I think is right. I know I will get the criticism from the public or from the media but I will do what is right and what I feel is right for the country and the people.”
Melania Trump said that the hardest part about being first lady is dealing with “the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves – from comedians, to journalists, to performers, book writers,” adding they are “writing the history and it’s not correct.”
Melania Trump arrived on the deck of the aircraft carrier Wednesday by way of a V-22 Osprey, the first time a first lady has flown in the tiltrotor aircraft.
She took to her official Twitter account to document her “incredible flight.”
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Melania Trump was on her way to meet with U.S. service members to thank them for their service: “It’s very important to show them the president and I support them.”
The second half of Hannity’s interview with Melania Trump will air Thursday, Dec. 13, at 9 ET.
This is only the second on-camera interview the first lady has done since arriving at the White House. The first was with ABC during her Africa trip in October.
Contributing: Maria Puente
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