With the Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramids visible over her shoulder, first lady Melania Trump expressed support for Brett Kavanaugh, her husband's nominee for the Supreme Court, on the final day of a trip to Africa trip that focused on her advocacy for children.
The first lady had stayed largely quiet about the Supreme Court battle that had raged in Washington since Kavanaugh was publicly accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford last month, but Melania Trump spoke about what the heated confirmation fight after arriving in Egypt on Saturday.
"If we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court," she said. "I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard; I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard. FBI investigation was done — it's completed — and the Senate voted."
When asked whether she believed Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Trump pivoted.
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"We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had," she said. "But I am against any kind of abuse or violence."
Melania Trump also commented on her husband's use of his phone and Twitter during the stop.
She laughed and said she often tells him to put the phone away in an attempt to temper his use of the social media platform.
"I don't always agree [with] what he tweets, and I tell him that," she said. "I give him my honest opinion and honest advice, and sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t. But I have my own voice and my opinions, and it's very important for me that I express what I feel."