First Lady Melania Trump took the stage at a Miami rally on Monday and introduced President Donald Trump to the audience. Melania told Venezuelan-Americans that she, too, knows what it is like to have lived without freedom.
“The President and I are honored to stand with all of you as we together support the people, great people, of Venezuela,” Melania said.
“Many of you in the room know what it feels like to be blessed with freedom after living under the oppression of socialism and communism,” the first lady told the Miami audience in a rare public appearance.
Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970. 20 years later, Slovenia dropped the “socialist” part of its name but did not became an independent republic until 1991.
She became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and obtained citizenship 5 years later.
Speaking to Venezuelan-Americans, she said that their family and friends back home are “on the brink of reclaiming their own liberty.
“Today we must let the Venezuelan people hear us all with one united voice. There’s hope. We are free and we pray together loudly and proudly that soon the people of Venezuela will be free as well,” said Trump. “My husband is here today because he cares deeply about the current suffering in Venezuela.”
Earlier on Monday, the first lady unveiled the “Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden” at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, as well as the new name of the “Esrick Dream Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Floor.”