Melania Trump says discussion of husband's alleged affairs is 'not always pleasant'

“But I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true or not true,” she told ABC News.
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Melania Trump said in an interview that her husband’s alleged affairs were not her "concern and focus."

"It is not concern and focus of mine. I'm a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do. I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage," Trump told ABC News in a taped interview that aired Friday night.

"It's not always pleasant, of course. But I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true or not true," she added.

When asked whether she still loved her husband, Mrs. Trump replied: "Yes. We are fine. Yes."

"It's what media speculate, and it's gossip. It's not always correct stuff," she said.

President Donald Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 13 women. He has denied the accusations, often in strong terms on Twitter.

Mrs. Trump acknowledged that the president's Twitter posts on a wide variety of topics are often pugnacious and outrageous.

"I don't agree always with what he posts," she said. "But his action is his action. And I tell him that."

Mrs. Trump also denied ever having spoken with the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani about her husband's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. In June, Giuliani said the first lady "believes her husband and knows it's untrue" —which prompted Mrs. Trump's office to put out a statement at the time saying she never discussed her thoughts with Giuliani.

Mrs. Trump delivered that message herself to ABC.

"I never talked to Mr. Giuliani," she said. Asked why he issued that statement on her behalf, she said: "I don't know. You need to ask him."

ABC News said neither Mrs. Trump nor the White House imposed any conditions on the interview.

Mrs. Trump, who worked as a high-profile fashion model before she married Trump in 2005, said that on a personal level, life in the White House has been a sometimes-wrenching change.

"Sometimes, it's, you know, losing the privacy," she said. "That's maybe the part that you are always under the microscope. And I cannot freely move anymore."

Moreover, she said, her association with the president's agenda has damaged her charitable efforts.

"It's sad to see that organizations and foundations that I want to partner with choose not to because of the administration," she said. "And I feel they are choosing the politics over helping others."

But Mrs. Trump she said she was enjoying being first lady, nonetheless, stressing, "I don't feel like a prisoner."

"This will not last forever," she said. "And it's a very special time."

And about that jacket she wore on her way to see migrant children in detention facilities at the U.S. border — the one with the statement "I Don't Really Care. Do U?" — the first lady agreed that she was trying to send a message. But it wasn't the message that critics saw, she said.

"It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children," she said. Instead, she said, "it was for the left-wing media and to show them I don't care."

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