Melania Trump, a rare figure on the campaign trail, said she believed the media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign were working together to launch false sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“My husband is kind and he’s a gentleman and he would never do that,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday. “Everything was organized and put together to hurt him, to hurt his candidacy.”
Asked whether she believed the Clintons and the media were working together, Trump replied, “Yes, of course.”
Trump dismissed her husband’s lewd comments in a 2005 recording as “boy talk,” not action. She added that she repeatedly saw women throw themselves at her husband. “And I see many women coming to him and giving the phone numbers and … inappropriate stuff from women. And they know he’s married … It was in front of me, and I said, ‘Why you need to give your number to my husband?’”
Unlike most presidential candidates’ spouses, Trump has taken a markedly low-key role in the campaign. Her interviews with CNN and Fox News about the sexual abuse allegations buffeting her husband were her most prominent moment since her speech at the Republican National Convention.
Trump said her husband and his campaign would like her to be on the stump, but she decided she didn’t want to.
“It was my decision not to be on the campaign trail,” she said. “They would have me on the trail all the time…. I made the decision I will be a parent to our boy.”
But Trump said she is involved in the campaign and offers the GOP presidential nominee advice, such as not tweeting as frequently.
“But that’s his decision. He’s an adult. He knows the consequences,” Trump said. “I give him many advices. Sometimes he listens; sometimes he doesn’t.”