Melania Trump on #MeToo: Accusers Need to Show Evidence of Assault

Brenda Watkins
October 10, 2018

ABC News reporter Tom Llamas interviewed Melania Trump during her trip to Africa for a "20/20" special to air October 12.

"I support the women, and they need to be heard", Trump said when asked whether she supported the Me Too movement.

In the preview for the interview, the first lady is asked about her marriage in light of her husband's infidelity and if she is an ally to #MeToo movement.

"We need to have really hard evidence that if you're accused of something, show the evidence", the first lady told ABC during an interview taped during her four-nation tour of Africa last week.

"I feel they are choosing the politics over helping others", she said.

Mrs Trump spoke out as her husband appointed Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court Justice despite sexual assault allegations made against him.

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The singer racked up wins for favourite pop/rock album for " reputation ", tour of the year , and artist of the year . Fighting back tears, she said: "I am honoured". "But I have to be really honest with you about something.

Even so, the first lady couldn't totally escape having a frank conversation about #MeToo. "I support the women and they need to be heard".

"And also, you know, also men".

Trump was away on a trip to Kenya last week as Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took place. You can not just say to somebody, "I was sexually assaulted" or "you did that to me" ... because sometimes the media goes too far in the way they portray some stories.

Llamas said that some people might take the first lady's statement to mean that she doesn't actually support women.

President Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct and assault in the past.

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