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Melania: Of Course I Tell Him to Put Down the Phone

First lady also wishes people would 'focus on what I do, not what I wear'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2018 8:59 AM CDT
First lady Melania Trump arrives, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Under the gaze of Egypt's Great Sphynx of Giza, Melania Trump marked the end of her four-nation solo visit to Africa by taking questions ranging from the serious to the silly. With regard to the latter, when asked about her husband's prolific tweeting, she says, per the New York Times, "I don’t always agree what he tweets, and I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice. Sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn’t. I have my own voice and my opinions and it’s very important to me that I express how I feel." Asked if she ever tells the president to put the phone away, the Hill notes that she laughed and said "Yes!" Other highlights, also via USA Today:

  • On Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation: "I’m glad Dr. Ford was heard. I’m glad Judge Kavanaugh was heard, that the FBI investigation was done. We need to help all of the victims no matter what kind of abuse they had. I am against any kind of abuse or violence."

  • On the president's reported dismissal of some African nations as "shithole countries:" "Nobody (she met on her trip) discussed that with me and I never heard him saying those comments, that was an anonymous source and I will leave it with that."
  • On a fuss being made over the pith helmet—a symbol of British rule—she wore in Kenya: She wishes people would "focus on what I do, not what I wear."
Trump arrived back on American soil early Sunday. (See images of the first lady's trip here.)

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