Washington – First lady Melania Trump issued her first statement on Monday in reaction to last Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol by supporters of the president to respond to the criticism leveled against her and lament the deaths caused by the event.
“My heart goes out to Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and Capitol Troopers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families to be comforted and to give them strength at this difficult time, “says the statement, which first mentions the deceased who were part of the mob that attacked the Legislative headquarters, including the one killed by a gunshot by the forces. of security.
The first lady included on the list of victims Howard Liebengood, one of the Capitol police officers who participated in the custody of the legislative headquarters and who according to local media died last Saturday in an apparent suicide, without it being clear if his death is directly related to the assault.RELATED
Melania Trump was “disappointed” by what happened on Capitol Hill last week and criticized the “salacious gossip and unjustified personal attacks” against her.
“This moment is only to heal our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal ambitions, ”he says.
Although it does not clarify those personal attacks in the press release, the CNN channel has assured that during the violent assault on the Capitol, the same day that both houses of the Legislature met to certify the electoral result that gave Democrat Joe Biden the winner. , Melania was doing a photo shoot.
According to sources consulted by the media, Melania did not interrupt the session, despite the fact that several officials asked her to intercede so that Donald Trump asked for an end to the violence and the attack on the Capitol, something that the president did not do until hours later, after having incited his supporters to march towards the Legislative headquarters and then justifying the assault, shortly after it occurred.
“Make no mistake, I absolutely condemn the violence that occurred on Capitol Hill. Violence is never acceptable, “said the first lady on Monday.
Melania Trump, who does not do a self-criticism test for the role of the president in inciting crowds on Wednesday, attributes the violence to “passion and enthusiasm” during the elections and asked that “that passion not translate into violence.”
The first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, and her press officer, Anna Cristina Niceta, resigned on the same Wednesday after the assault on the Capitol.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve as your first lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans who have supported my husband and me over the past four years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit, “added Melania Trump, who will leave the White House next week.
Trump has announced that he will not attend the transfer of command ceremony to Biden.