Melania Trump says she is “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot at the Capitol last week by supporters of her husband.
But in breaking her silence, she also lashes out at people she says have used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about me.”
The statement marks the first lady’s first public comment in the five days since a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.
The first lady does not say who she is referring to. Last week, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady’s former friend and one-time assistant at the White House, wrote an editorial accusing Mrs. Trump of being “complicit in the destruction of America.”