Melania Trump snub: FLOTUS rejected by organisations and foundations because of husband

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The US presidential elections are currently under 100 days away. Americans will go to the ballot boxes in November and place their vote to decide who will be the next US president: Donald Trump or Joe Biden. As things stand, Mr Trump has fallen behind Mr Biden in the opinion polls.

Yet, it is unclear just yet who will clinch the result.

The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is expected to give a high-profile Republican National Convention speech in the coming weeks.

It will look to reflect on Mr Trump’s previous four years in office, and bolster the troops to once again “vote for Trump!”

As CNN noted, Melania will hope to avoid “botching” her speech this time around as she did in her 2016, allegedly plagiarising Michelle Obama’s address at a 2008 convention.

It was here that Melania reportedly refused a professional speechwriter’s assistance and opted to work with a staffer at the Trump Organisation who had some experience helping ghostwrite her husband’s books.

Despite Melania’s utilisation of a national stage to put across her view from inside the White House, many platforms have shunned her from speaking on behalf of them.

The FLOTUS admitted she had been snubbed during a 2018 ABC News interview, where she claimed her husband’s politics had resulted in her losing valuable work with organisations and foundations.

When reporter Tom Llamas asked: “What’s the most surprising thing about becoming First Lady for you?”

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Melania replied: “It’s sad to see that organisations and foundations that I want to partner with choose not to because of the administration.”

The FLOTUS has used her time in the White House to promote a variety of programmes deemed close to her, including women’s rights and helping children’s issues.

Be Best, her initiative, is a public awareness campaign that focuses on well-being for youth, and advocating against cyberbullying and drug use.

In order to focus on such efforts, as well as nurturing her own family including 14-year-old son Barron Trump, Melania revealed in 2016 how she herself snubbed Trump’s campaign trail and chose not to join.

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She told CNN: “I don’t listen to anybody about what to do, what to say, when to say it.

“If it was for my husband or the campaign, they would have me on the trail all the time, they wish they could have me!

“But I made the decision that I would be the parent to our boy, our child.”

It came after Anderson Cooper questioned how Baron may have been affected by the language his father was using during the campaign trail, for example, around immigration.

On the then 10-year-old, she explained: “I let him have as normal a childhood as possible.

“We talk a lot, a lot about the campaign; we talk about the language because I don’t allow him to use bad language.

“He’s at that age with his friends that they say bad words, but it’s normal, they’re growing up.

“But I tell him there are consequences, and he needs to be careful with the language he uses.

“I teach him and tell him – that’s why it was my decision not to be on the campaign trail.”

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