Melania Trump remained silent throughout the violent riot in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Following all the speculations about what she was doing amid the chaos, she broke her silence nearly a week later.
On Monday, the official website of the White House released an open letter from the office of the First Lady. CNN reported that she "mourned" the lost lives and offered her condolences to the families of all the victims.
She began naming the four Trump supporters who died due to the riot. She, then, followed all the names of the police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
But, apart from sharing her sympathies, Melania Trump, also, "lashed out" at all the gossips about her that have since emerged. She referred to them as "salacious" and "unwarranted personal attacks."
She continued that she felt "disappointed and disheartened," adding that she found the whole thing "shameful" considering all the "false misleading accusations" about her amid the time of turmoil.
The First Lady did not specify what gossip and attacks these are. But, ABC looked into the recent statements made by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Last week, the self-proclaimed "former best friend" of Melania wrote an editorial wherein she accused her of being "complicit in the destruction of America." She, also, said that the U.S. President's wife has "blood on her hands" following the riot.
Other reports noted, though, that Melania Trump is, also, likely addressing the speculations that she was having a photoshoot inside the White House at the time of the uproar. A separate report from CNN covered the said narrative over the weekend.
Sources claimed that the First Lady was spearheading a photoshoot project, centering on "rugs and other items in the Executive Residence and the East Wing." There was even, reportedly, professional lighting, which could be seen through the windows of the People's House.
After calling out all the assertions made about her, Melania Trump clarified that she "absolutely" condemned the violence. She, also, emphasized that it is "never acceptable," causing her to "implore" everyone to stop it.
In the latter part of the statement, she expressed her gratitude for everyone who supported her and Donald Trump. She said that "it has been the honor of [her] lifetime" to serve the American public as the First Lady.
She, then, ended her post by asking for "healing, grace, understanding, and peace" for the United States. She, also, urged everyone to remember that the country, along with all of its citizens, is "one Nation under God."