Of the male attention she receives – like from MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who was caught admiring her on air (“I could watch that runway show”) – Trump responds, “I’m not only a beauty, I’m smart. I have brains. I’m intelligent. I would just say, ‘Men will be men.’ “
Even further, Trump insists that she’s got serious chops when it comes to policy decisions: “To be married to my husband, to someone successful as he is, he needs somebody who will tell him the truth. Somebody smart, you know. It’s not just like I’m there and I’m just doing things for him. People say I’m not on the campaign, [but] I’m very involved from home.”
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When she’s not watching Empire, Trump tells Dujour she tunes into CNN or Fox News in order to stay informed of the current state of political affairs.
“I give a lot of advice to my husband and tell him how it is and how I see it. I’m not backing off. I tell him the truth,” she charges. “After a speech, the kids are calling me – Ivanka, [his] sons – saying, ‘Call Dad and tell him this and that. He’s listening to you.’ They know I would talk to him and put him in the right direction. Sometimes he does, and sometimes he doesn’t. He will decide what he does.”
She also holds the candidate accountable for his actions – which may or may not include his tendency toward inadvertently creating viral soundbites. Of a recent, unnamed incident that riled up the businessman, “He was upset about some stuff, and I said, ‘Hey, wake up! You did it. Now deal with it.’ “
The pair, who wed in a lavish Florida ceremony in 2005, keep in touch while he’s on the road only by phone (“no texts”),while the former model focuses on raising their son Barron.
Life has become a stark contrast to what she once knew growing up in Slovenia, with chance encounters with people like the late Michael Jackson commonplace.
“I met Michael Jackson,” she told Dujour. “It was here in New York in the Pierre Hotel. He called us, so we went over and we had dinner. Just after dinner, we were chatting on the sofa and my husband went into another room to see some art somebody wanted to show him.”
She continued, “And Michael said to me, ‘Hey, when Trump comes back, let’s start kissing so he will be jealous!'”
While no smooch occurred, Melania says there was plenty of laughter.