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Melania Trump
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First Lady of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Michelle Obama
Personal details
Born
Melanija Knavs

April 26, 1970 (1970-04-26) (age 49)
Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia
(now Slovenia)
Citizenship American
Slovenian
Political party Republican
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spouse(s)
Donald Trump (m. 2005)
Children 1

Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs, Germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is a Slovenian-American former model. She is the wife of American real estate magnate and President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.

In 2016, Trump was campaigning for her husband to become the next U.S. President when she became scrutinized when giving a speech that was allegedly similar to one that First Lady Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Marriage to Donald Trump

In September 1998, she met real estate mogul Donald Trump at a party at the Times Square nightclub the Kit Kat Club (now the Stephen Sondheim Theatre).

After becoming engaged in 2004, Knauss married Donald Trump in an Anglican service on January 22, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at her husband's Mar-a-Lago estate.

On March 20, 2006, she gave birth to their son, Barron William Trump. She suggested his middle name, while her husband suggested his first name.

First Lady (since 2017)

She assumed the role of First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2017. She continued living in New York City at the Trump Tower with her son, Barron, until the end of his 2016–2017 school year at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. They moved into the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2017.

The first White House event she hosted was a luncheon for International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. She spoke to an audience of women about her life as a female immigrant, and about working towards gender equality both domestically and abroad, noting the role of education as a tool against gender inequality.

On January 30, 2018, on the night of the State of the Union address, she broke with tradition by riding in a separate car in the Presidential motorcade with her guests, rather than riding with her husband in the presidential limousine.

On March 13, 2018, Trump scheduled a March 20 meeting with policy executives from technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap, and Twitter, to address online harassment and internet safety, with a particular focus on how those issues affect children.

On April 21, 2018, Trump attended the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. Trump arranged for the attendance of two White House private residence staffers who had been close to Bush.

Vogue has compared Trump's wardrobe as First Lady to that of Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, noting that she prefers "strongly tailored pieces" in bold colors and almost exclusively wears high-end designers.

In May 2018, Trump successfully underwent kidney surgery at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Personal life

Trump's native language is Slovene. She also speaks Serbo-Croatian. In a May 2017 interview with Greta van Susteren, Trump said that she spoke English, French, Italian, and German.

Trump is a Roman Catholic, making her the first Catholic to live in the White House since President John F. Kennedy and the second first lady to be Catholic, following Jackie Kennedy.

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