A former senior adviser to Melania Trump said she was repulsed by the speech the former first lady delivered on Friday at the National Archives Naturalization Ceremony.
In an interview with CNN, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff said she found Melania’s comments to “be really deceptive, almost deceitful” and “lacking of any real meaning.”
“It’s unfortunate because she had an opportunity as the first lady of the United States to make a difference, and she didn’t at all,” Wolkoff added.
Melania became a U.S. citizen in 2006 after immigrating from Slovenia. She is the second first lady to be born outside the United States.
“She had the opportunity to make such a difference in the lives of so many,” Wolkoff said. “I mean, it was the American dream, and to squander that opportunity, to show up today, to try and make a difference in something that her husband is so against, which is immigration, as we all know, really is meaningless.”
Wolkoff argued that Melania made a rare appearance at the ceremony because of the publicity and that it would bring more attention to the immigration debate which her husband is focused on during his re-election bid.
“She feels like, you know it’s, again, I keep going back to that publicity moment, and I find it to be really quite repulsive,” Wolkoff said.