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Trump in 2017
|First Lady of the United States|
January 20, 2017 – January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Michelle Obama|
|Succeeded by||Jill Biden|
April 26, 1970
Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Spouse(s)||Donald Trump (m. 2005–present)|
Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs, name was germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) was First Lady of the United States between 2017 and 2021. She is a former model and she is the third wife of Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.
In 2016, Trump was campaigning for her husband to become the next U.S. President when she became scrutinized when giving a speech that was allegedly very similar to one that First Lady Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Marriage to Donald Trump
After becoming engaged in 2004, Knauss married Donald Trump in an Anglican service on January 22, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception in the ballroom at her husband's Mar-a-Lago estate.
First Lady of the United States
She assumed the role of First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2017. She continued living in New York City at the Trump Tower with her son, Barron, until the end of his 2016–2017 school year at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. They moved into the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2017.
The first White House event she hosted was a luncheon for International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. She spoke to an audience of women about her life as a female immigrant, and about working towards gender equality both domestically and abroad, noting the role of education as a tool against gender inequality.
On January 30, 2018, on the night of the State of the Union address, she broke with tradition by riding in a separate car in the Presidential motorcade with her guests, rather than riding with her husband in the presidential limousine.
On March 13, 2018, Melania Trump scheduled a March 20 meeting with policy executives from technology companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap, and Twitter, to address online harassment and internet safety, with a particular focus on how those issues affect children.
Vogue has compared Trump's wardrobe as First Lady to that of Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, noting that she prefers "strongly tailored pieces" in bold colors and almost exclusively wears high-end designers.
Trump's native language is Slovene. She also speaks Serbo-Croatian and English. In a May 2017 interview with Greta van Susteren, Trump said that she spoke English, French, Italian, and German.
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