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Melania Trump Says She’s Known Since 1999 That Husband Donald Would Be President

In a recent interview, First Lady Melania Trump said she always believed her husband would become president “if and when” he ran.

She also shared stories about her childhood in Slovenia and shared her thoughts on her husband’s presidency in the British magazine Tatler. In an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Trump indicated he was thinking about running for president but the couple knew this wasn’t the right time to do so, The New York Post reports.

“We knew it wasn’t the time,” Melania said, per The Daily Mail. “But I did know that if and when he ran, he would win.”

Offering up the teasing headline “The Final Days Of The First Lady? Melania Talks To Tatler” notes this is an exclusive interview and here, she has the opportunity to touch on a few issues beginning with the Trump administration’s handling of the opioid epidemic and including her thoughts on capitalism.

“We have to take away the stigma and the shame that comes with addiction and treat it as an illness,” she said. “I’m proud of the strides and results this administration has made, resulting in saved lives.”

She also said she supports free-market capitalism and her belief in this likely stems from her childhood in Sevnica, Slovenia where she was born Melanija Knauss fifty years ago.

“I grew up with a beautiful family and had a wonderful childhood,” Melania said. “My mother and father taught us the importance of education, hard work, and family.”

And she added her career as an international model helped prepare her for her role as America’s first non-native First Lady.

“Growing up in Slovenia, living in both Milan and Paris at a young age, then moving to the United States and living in New York City in my 20s — all of that has led to my serving our great nation as First Lady.”

That’s all well and good but if she knew early on that her husband would become president, she could have at least warned us. Now that the country is shoulders-deep in racism, nationalism, fascism, and every other “ism” you can think of thanks to her husband it’s the least she could have done.

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