While wrapping up her recent international tour in Africa, Melania Trump sat down for her first-ever television interview with ABC reporter Tom Llamas. In a short clip released by Good Morning America Wednesday, the First Lady offered her thoughts about the #MeToo movement, shared her belief that both women and men need support in this era, and said that accusers need “hard evidence” to show.
“I support the women, and they need to heard. We need to support them, and also, men, not just women,” Trump says in the preview, when Llamas asks her about the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Llamas pushes further and asks her if men who have been accused have been treated unfairly, and Trump responds, “You need to have really hard evidence that, if you’re accused of something, show the evidence.”
Llamas then explains that someone could hear her comments and wonder how she can say that instead of fully standing with women.
“I do stand with women,” Trump insists. “But we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted’ or ‘You did that to me,’ because sometime the media goes too far, and the way the portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.”
Earlier this month, the First Lady had evaded questions about Kavanaugh, saying only that she found him to be “highly qualified” for the Supreme Court.
Her husband—who has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual misconduct himself—had previously spoken about Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her three decades ago, and had said he found her to be a “credible witness.” However, he changed his tune quickly and mocked her at a rally, suggesting her story lacked evidence.
Just days ago, the First Lady had told reporters that she and her husband “don’t always agree.” However, when it comes to instances of sexual assault allegations and evidence, their opinions seem to be much more aligned.
The full interview—called “Being Melania—The First Lady,” will air Friday on ABC News, and will also include details about FLOTUS’ cyberbullying campaign, something that, as the network teases in the promo, started off because of an unexpected reason. We’ll have to stay tuned for more.