First lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman blasted CNN and other mainstream media outlets on Monday for the “absurdity” that “abounds” in their coverage and said the first lady “deserves honest reporting and media coverage.”
Melania Trump gave an interview that aired last Wednesday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
During that interview, she said the “hardest” thing for her to endure during her time as first lady has been “the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers [to] book writers.”
Hannity asked her if that hurt.
“It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing the history and it’s not correct,” Melania Trump replied. “They like to focus on the gossip, and I would like [them] to focus on the substance and what we do — not just about nonsense.”
The first lady also said, “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 for the people.”
As might be expected, the media mocked Melania Trump for criticizing the overwhelmingly negative coverage of her and her family.
CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower, in particular, wrote an op-ed on Saturday titled, “Melania shows she’s a Trump through and through.”
Brower has written books about first ladies and the White House; she claimed the interview on “Hannity” proved that Melania Trump “doesn’t understand what it means to be first lady.”
“Is her family’s legacy the thing that worries her most? After all the pain she has witnessed as first lady, from meeting with a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting to visiting with children separated from their parents at the border, has the media really been the most difficult part of her job?” Brower wondered.
“If so, that is a big problem.”