First Lady Melania Trump passionately compared to Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana

First Lady Melania Trump hugs girl at White House lawn April 17, 2017. (Shealah Craighead, White House)

“Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue peace in our world.” (White House Photo)

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Melania Trump was especially excited to visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis while accompanying President Donald Trump on their first overseas trip during his presidency in May.  The nation’s second First Lady born outside of the United States is also the second to be a Catholic. Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams was born in London, United Kingdom. Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady of John F. Kennedy was Catholic.

Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Mrs. Trump grew up learning five languages, including Italian. While the fashion world buzzed favorably about her attire each day of the trip, she chose a moderate and demure black Dolce & Gabbana long-sleeved dress for her meeting with the Pope. With President Trump watching proudly, Pope Francis asked her in Italian if she feeds him “potica,” a popular pastry dish from Slovenia. She instantly brightened the joke and meeting with a charming smile. “Potica,” she nodded.

 

Melania Trump with Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada. (Shealah Craighead, White House)

While the mainstream media, including Vanity Fair, attempted to report negative and assumptive narratives of the President and First Lady, many observers considered such stories added fuel to the fire for their reasons to distrust liberal generated news.

“Like her idol, Jacqueline Kennedy, Melania is unapologetically glamorous,” Kate Anderson Brower from Cosmopolitan magazine wrote today. “…like Jackie, she is not changing her style to become more like her predecessors or to please others.”

First Lady Melania Trump joins the First Lady of France, Brigitte Trogneux, and Belgium’s Amélie Derbaudrenghien, during their visit Thursday, May 25, 2017, to the Margritte Museum in Brussels. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

“She chose not to cover her head in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, she charmed the Pope, and she won fans when she apparently swatted away her husband’s hand on the red carpet in Israel,” Brower continued. “The hand swat in particular has helped her image. Donald Trump’s supporters do not recognize it as a hand swat anyway, insisting the media is blowing the clip out of proportion, and those who don’t like the president generally want any sign that Melania is a tortured soul trapped in an unhappy marriage.”

Even the New York Times couldn’t help but notice that “by the end of the trip, Mr. Trump seemed to recognize her subdued star power. Speaking to American service members at the Sigonella naval air station in Sicily, he said the United States could not have a better emissary than ‘our magnificent and wonderful person, our first lady, Melania.’”

First Lady Melania Trump visits with children, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Queen Fabiola Children’s University Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

“Like Jacqueline Kennedy, Mrs. Trump has made her mark early on with fashion,” The Times commented. “Her outfits, like the pumpkin-colored leather skirt she wore on the flight to Saudi Arabia and the olive-drab safari dress she wore once in Riyadh, spurred a thousand photographs and columns of analysis.”

There is something passionately similar to how Melania Trump is compared to Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana. During her speech at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Sigonella before departing Sicily for Washington, D.C., she said, “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met. As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me, ‘We are all the same.’”

First Lady Melania Trump hands an award to a recipient during the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Department of State, Harry Truman Building, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

One particular touching moment came during a visit with a young boy waiting for a new heart at a hospital in Rome. Not long after she left, she was informed that a donor had been located. “Receiving that news is a moment I will never forget,” she smiled. “I wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Trumps made five stops in four countries. During the eight-day trip, the President sought to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and delivered messages of unity to America’s friends and allies.

First Lady Melania Trump embraces a young child while visiting the Hadassah Medical Organization facility, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered remarks together shortly after the President visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the the Western Wall.

Most news reports emphasize Mrs. Trump’s modeling career in Milan, Paris and New York with glamor shots on such magazine covers as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle.

Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the Wounded Warrior Project Ride ceremony, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in the East Room of the White House. Vice President Pence is joined by President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Mrs. Karen Pence. (Official White House Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

What many people do not realize is the humanitarian and philanthropic interests pursued by the First Lady. For four years she served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the American Red Cross beginning in 2005. In 2010, Mrs. Trump was the Chairwoman for The American Heart Association which raised $1.7 Million for research.

According to her official White House biography, her passion for cultural diversification “can only be surpassed by her dedication to helping others, and her generosity has been noted. She was Honorary Chairwoman for Martha Graham Dance Company in April 2005, is an active member of the Police Athletic League which honored her with Woman of The Year 2006, has been an Honorary Chairwoman for The Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years… in April of 2008, she was asked by Love Our Children USA and NASDAQ to participate in the Fifth Annual National Love Our Children Day and the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention month by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.”

First Lady Melania Trump joins in with children to add seeds to a garden at the Children’s National Medical Center, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

 

“Melania is also a successful entrepreneur. In April 2010, Melania Trump launched her own jewelry collection…Mrs. Trump cares deeply about issues impacting women and children, and she has focused her platform as First Lady on the problem of cyber bullying among our youth.”

First Lady Melania Trump attends “The First Lady Luncheon” hosted by Senate spouses at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Mrs. Karen Pence was also in attendance. (White House Official photo by Bao N. Huynh)

Joined by faculty members of Excel Academy Public Charter School, First Lady Melania Trump shares a moment with a student during a visit to the school, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Also at the school, but not shown, is Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son, Barron Trump, have their hands over their hearts while “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band performs the National Anthem, Monday, April 17, 2017, kicking off the 139th Easter Egg Roll at the White House. This was the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan have lunch in the Red Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Mrs. Peng Liyuan, Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the entrance of Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL (Official White Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, are joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe, as they pose for photos Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Photographers from across the globe were on hand to capture Mrs. Trump during their overseas trip in May 2017. (Andrea Hanks, White House)

First Lady Melania Trump places a prayer in-between the stone blocks of the Western Wall during an official visit, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to the Murabba Palace, escorted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to attend a banquet in their honor. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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