In an ABC News interview that aired Thursday, first lady Melania Trump said there have been individuals in President Trump’s White House that she doesn’t trust — including some who are still there.
Tom Llamas interviewed the first lady during her recent solo trip to Africa. When asked whether the president has had people working for him she didn’t trust, she replied “yes.”
“Some people, they don’t work there anymore,” Trump said.
Asked whether there are still people in the administration she can’t trust, Trump said yes.
Her comments come in the wake of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times last month claiming that there is a “resistance” within the Trump administration. The Times said the piece was written by a senior administration official, whose identity has not become public.
Asked about his wife’s assertions during a separate interview Thursday on Fox News Channel, the president blamed being a newcomer to Washington for some of his picks and said he is happier with his team now.
“Are there some I’m not in love with? Yes, and we’ll weed them out,” he added.
During the ABC interview, Llamas asked Melania Trump whether she has the most control over her husband’s decisions of those in the White House.
“Oh, I wish,” she said, laughing.
“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” Trump said.
During the interview, Trump also discussed her child-welfare initiative, Be Best, which includes a focus on combating cyberbullying.
Pressed on that assertion, she added: “One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me.”