Melania Trump Opens Florida Rally With the Lord’s Prayer
Tasked with introducing her husband at a rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday, first lady Melania Trump opened with a word of prayer — specifically, the one Jesus taught his disciples 2,000 years ago.
After the two made their way off Air Force One and onto the stage, President Donald Trump stepped out of the way, letting Melania introduce him. She then proceeded to say, “Thank you. Let us pray,” and went straight into the Lord’s Prayer.
Upon getting the microphone, Trump said was, “I didn’t know that Melania was going to be saying the Lord’s Prayer, but I thought that was very beautiful.”
Melania has been largely silent for the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, despite all her husband’s time in the spotlight. Saturday being one of her first speeches since the first family moved into the White House, Melania used the opportunity to cast some vision on what she plans to do as first lady — including “creating and supporting initiatives” helping “women and children all around the world.”
“Good afternoon,” she started, after reciting the Prayer. “It is my honor and great pleasure to stand here before you as the first lady of the United States.” She then immediately struck a unifying tone, saying, “The America we envision is one that works for all Americans — and where all Americans can work and succeed. A nation committed to a greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.”
Melania then set out to define her intents and interests for her time as first lady. “I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you — no matter what the opposition is saying about me,” she assured the crowd. “I will act in the best interest of all of you. I am committed to creating and supporting initiatives dear to my heart, which will have an impact on women and children all around the world.”
Closing, she said, “My husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m proud to introduce the President of the United States, Donald Trump.”