Former President Donald Trump has denied rumors that his wife Melania has no desire to return to the White House should he win the presidency in 2024, describing the claims as “more fake news” in a Thursday interview.
“Is it true,” asked “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade, “that the former first lady, Melania Trump, has told you ‘I’m not going back if you run again’?”
“No, that’s not true. That’s an interesting one. More fake news,” Trump chuckled in response, before repeating: “No, that’s not true.”
“She was a great first lady, she did a great job. She loves the people, they love her, I see how they love her,” the 45th president added. “But no, I will say this: We have to fix our country. Our country is going bad. We’re not going to have a country if we keep doing this.”
While the former president has not formally announced a second run for the Oval Office, reports swirled in September that Melania wanted to stay out of the public eye.
One person described as aware of the former first lady’s disinterest told CNN: “You’re not going to see her at rallies or campaign events, even if he ‘officially’ says he’s running again.”
“Instead it’s going to be [Trump daughter-in-law] Lara or [Kimberly] Guilfoyle [the girlfriend of Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr.],” the source added. “They have that same urge Trump has to [run] again; Melania absolutely does not.”
Another person described as having a close relationship with Melania during her days in the White House added to CNN: “Being first lady again is not what she wants … For her, it was a chapter — and it’s over, and that’s that.”
However, a close family friend of the Trumps told Politico that Melania would support her husband no matter what.
“If [Trump] runs, she will be right there. She’s not going to have her own rallies,” the person said. “But did she ever?”
Trump is expected to formally announce whether or not he will run for president again after next year’s midterm elections.
On Thursday, Kilmeade asked Trump: “Do you think you’re the only one to bring it [America] back, as the 47th president?”
“Well, if you look at the poll numbers, I am, because the poll numbers are 95 percent to 96 percent approval rating now in the Republican Party,” Trump claimed. “Nobody’s ever had that, and overall approval numbers are great.”
“I’m not going by polls, I’m just saying, I did it before and really did it twice,” the former president added. “I did it — we had it at a level that has never been seen before, and then we brought it back to a level that was really good, despite the China virus, and other countries, not one country has fared as well as we had. Not one country. So, you know, we did a good job.”