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During her first international solo trip as first lady, Melania Trump took time to sit down for a rare interview with Good Morning America, which aired in part Wednesday. Speaking to ABC News’ Tom Llamas on location in Africa, the first lady shared her thoughts about issues that have had an impact on her husband’s administration, including the #MeToo movement.
“I support the women and they need to be heard,” the former model — who wed Donald Trump in 2005 — said. However, Melania Trump said that she believes the public needs to show the same amount of respect to men: “We need to support them and also men, not just women.”
Melania Trump’s comments come just days after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court following a headline-making testimony against Christine Blasey Ford who, along with two other women publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. (Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations.)
President Trump — who, himself, was accused of sexual assault by multiple women ahead of the 2016 election — later said that the Kavanaugh’s hearing marked “a very scary time for young men in America.” Seemingly agreeing with her husband, Melania Trump told Llamas that women need to provide sufficient evidence if they want their stories of sexual assault to be believed.
“We need to have really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence,” she said. “I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or, ‘You did that to me.’ Because, sometimes, the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.”
During her chat on GMA, Trump also opened up about the “most surprising” part of being first lady. According to the Slovenia native, she’s been disappointed to learn that a handful of organizations have turned her away because they do not want to be associated with her husband’s administration.
“It’s sad to see that organizations and foundations I want to partner with choose not to because of the administration,” she said. “And I feel like they’re choosing the politics over helping others.”
Asked if she could share specific examples, Melania Trump chose not to. “I would not talk about it. They know who they are. I don’t want to put them out in front of the world,” she said. “But they know who they are.”
Watch the interview on GMA below. Part two airs tomorrow.
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