President Donald Trump on Friday likened his wife to the beloved former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, saying, “We have our own Jackie O, it’s called Melania, Melania T.”
Trump has often talked up his wife as a strong asset in the White House, and Melania Trump seemed to channel Jackie Kennedy during her husband’s inauguration when she wore a powder blue dress and long gloves.
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The president’s comments on his wife came during an extended interview with “Fox & Friends” and were part of a larger discussion about Trump’s plans to repaint Air Force One. When Fox’s Brian Kilmeade cautioned the president, saying that the current style had been “iconic for so long,” Trump replied that the color scheme no longer fit.
“I like the concept of red, white and blue,” Trump said. “It’ll look much better, actually. The baby blue doesn’t fit with us.”
Trump offered a preview this week of his redesign of the iconic planes in a red, navy, and white scheme that has the look and feel of Trump’s private plane. The redesigns are not expected to be completed until 2024, and Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his changes were “for other presidents” and not for himself.
Trump on Friday then commented on his relationship with the first lady and on her feminine style, mentioning an incident in which she drew criticism for traveling in high heels to survey the damage from a Texas flood.
“When I go speak in big crowds, we have tremendous crowds and so many people are holding up banners,” Trump continued, saying that the banners often contained admiration of Melania Trump, including “we love high heels.”