Melania Trump says she is “disappointed” and “disheartened” by the Capitol riots last week.
The first lady then added it is “shameful” she has been at the centre of “salacious gossip” and “personal attacks”.
Her remarks came in a statement today (Monday Jan 11), where she said “this time is solely about healing our country” and should not be used for “personal gain”.
It is not known which personal attacks Melania is referring to.
Her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has spoken out about the first lady for her “silence and inactions” since the riot.
The statement was posted on the White House website, titled ‘First Lady Melania Trump: Our Path Forward’
Read some of the statement below.
“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week. I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.
Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.
As an American, I am proud of our freedom to express our viewpoints without persecution. It is one of the paramount ideals which America is fundamentally built on. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect that right. With that in mind, I would like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives.
I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.
It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence. Our path forward is to come together, find our commonalities, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.”
It comes after Arnold Schwarzenegger shared a 7 and a half minute long video criticising the violence as well as Trump. He likened the riots to the 1938 Kristallnacht attacks in Austria, also known as “Night of Broken Glass”.
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