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Donald Trump’s wife Melania has refused to rule out the possibility of spending another term as First Lady of the United States.
Her husband has regularly dropped hints that he plans to run again in 2024, but until now Melania has remained tight-lipped about the chances of that happening again.
The former model, 52, has kept her head down since the tumultuous end of her husband’s chaotic presidency early last year, but she has now given a rare sit-down interview.
Asked by Fox News if she thought she would ever spend another four years at the White House, she was non-committal – but failed to explicitly rule it out.
“I like Washington DC. I know it operates completely differently [from] any other city.
“To be the First Lady of the United States was my greatest honour, and I think we achieved a lot in the four years of the Trump administration,” she said.
“Never say never.”
Reports during her husband’s presidency suggested she was less keen on her role in the glare of the world’s media than her husband was, but she told Fox she had nevertheless enjoyed being First Lady.
The interview on Fox – one of the Trumps’ biggest cheerleaders – also touched on Melania’s no-show on the front cover of Vogue while she was in the White House, despite the fact that her successor has already been featured.
But Melania – who had appeared on the cover previously – replied that there were “much more important” things to worry about.
Interviewer Pete Hegseth teed up Melania, saying: "We did a little research. You were the only First Lady to go to the border. You did it twice. How did you put up with the constant criticism?
“Take Vogue, for example — five months into Joe Biden's presidency, Jill Biden's on the cover. [Vice-President] Kamala Harris is on the cover before she's even sworn in. Hillary Clinton was on the cover when she was First Lady. Michelle [Obama] was on the cover three times.
"Yet with your business background and your fashion background and your beauty, never on the cover of Vogue. Why the double standard?”
Melania replied: “They're biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it's so obvious. And I think American people and everyone sees it.
“It was their decision, and I have much more important things to do – and I did in the White House – than being on the cover of Vogue.”
Melania’s tone in the interview was less abrasive than that of her husband.
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On the issue of Vogue, Donald Trump has regularly lashed out at the magazine for not giving his wife a cover while she was First Lady.
And when the former president was asked last year if he would run again for the highest office in the country, he said: “I love our country. If you love the country you have no choice. It's not a question.”
However, some in the Republican Party’s leadership have been cautiously trying to change the narrative in recent months.
They believe their best chance of winning the presidency at the next election will be to move on from Trump’s divisive style of leadership.
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