November 03, 2016
Melania Trump delivered her first solo campaign address Thursday at the Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn, Chester County. Several hundred supporters of her husband, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, attended the rally.
Here is a transcript of Mrs. Trump's prepared remarks, as released by the Trump campaign.
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What a wonderful welcome here in Pennsylvania.
It has been more than 500 days since my husband, Donald Trump, announced he would run for President of the United States.
I remember that day in June 2015 vividly. Surrounded by our family, and speaking to an audience of millions, Donald promised to campaign on behalf of those who feel the system is broken and does not work for them.
Those who just want a fair shake, an opportunity for a better education, a better-paying job, a better future.
He pledged to restore integrity to Washington, and respect for America abroad.
This is no ordinary campaign. It is a movement. A movement in which people feel included, inspired and involved. I have seen it firsthand.
We are deeply grateful to the millions of Americans who believe in my husband because they know he believes in you. He believes in America.
And he will make a fantastic President of these United States.
I come here today to talk about my husband Donald and his deep love and respect for this country, and all of its people.
I have come here to talk about this man I have known for 18 years.
And I have come here today to talk about our partnership, our family, and what I know for sure in my heart, about this man, who will Make America Great Again.
I know exactly what that means.
I grew up in a small town in Slovenia, near a beautiful river and forests. Slovenia is a small country that back then was under communist rule.
It was a beautiful childhood. My parents were wonderful.
Of course we always knew about this incredible place called America. America was the word for freedom and opportunity. “America” meant if you could dream it, you could become it.
When I was 10 years old, we learned that a man named Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States of America.
We heard of what he was saying and doing.
President Reagan’s “Morning in America” was not just something in the United States. It began to feel like morning around the world, even in my small country. It was a true inspiration to me.
Later, I lived in Milan and Paris, working hard as a fashion model. I worked with people from all over the world.
Fashion is a business of glamour but it is also hard work.
There are ups and downs, high highs and ridicule and rejection too.
I loved my work, and as a young entrepreneur, I wanted to follow my dreams to a place where freedom and opportunity were in abundance. So of course I came here.
Living and working in America was a true blessing. But I wanted something more. I wanted to BE an American.
After a 10-year process, which included many visas and a green card, in 2006, I studied for the tests and became a US citizen. This is the greatest privilege in the world.
I am an immigrant. And let me tell you…no one values the freedom and opportunity of America more than me, both as an independent woman and as someone who emigrated to America.
Love of this country is something we immediately shared when I met Donald. He loves this country and he knows how to get things done. Not just talk.
He certainly knows how to shake things up, doesn’t he?
He knows how to make real change. Make America Great Again is not just some slogan…it is what has been in his heart since the day I met him.
Over the years of our marriage I have watched my husband grow more and more concerned as he sees American workers suffer.
I have watched him get frustrated as he sees parents struggle to care for their children while working outside the home.
I have watched him as he sees, over and over again, policies that make our country less strong, less secure and less safe. Every time my husband learned of a factory closing, in Ohio or North Carolina or here in Pennsylvania, I saw him get very upset.
He could see what was happening. He saw the problems. And he always talked about how he could fix them.
My family is truly blessed. The most important thing we have in our family is health and love and loyalty. Donald has built a very successful company.
The privilege to go to work each day, to do a job that he loves, alongside of his adult children. That is a great blessing for any parent. He had a great and fulfilling life.
But Donald knew he could not sit by any more and watch what was happening in our country.
And that is when this campaign — this movement — began.
As Donald travels the country he has asked some simple but very important questions:
What kind of a country do we want?
Do we want a country that is safe, with secure borders?
Do we want a country where every American gets a fair shot?
Do we want a country that honors our Constitution?
Do we want a country that honors life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Do we want a country that respects women and provides them with equal opportunity?
Do we want a country where every child has access to a good education?
Do we want our children to be safe and secure and dream big dreams?
Do we want a president who is beholden to know one but you, the American people?
Do we want a president who is a fighter for us and will never give up?
Then we want Donald Trump to be our President.
People have asked me, if Donald is the President, what kind of First Lady will you be?
It will be my honor and privilege to serve this country.
I will be an advocate for women, and for children. Let me tell you a little more about what that means to me.
I am a full-time mother to our son Barron, an incredible boy. As his father travels around the country running for President, I am with our son. We talk a little bit about politics, and a lot about life, homework and sports.
Barron has many privileges and advantages. We know how fortunate we are. Still, I have the same conversations with my son that many of you have with your sons and daughters, and nieces and nephews, grandchildren and godchildren.
I want my little boy to know that he is blessed to have been born in a country that values individual freedom and constitutional democracy.
I want our children in this country, and all around the world, to live a beautiful life, to be safe and secure. To dream freely of love and a family of their own someday.
We need to teach our youth American values. Kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation.
I do worry about all of our children. As we know, now social media is a centerpiece of our lives. It can be a useful tool for connection and Communication.
It can ease the isolation that so many people feel in the modern world. Technology has changed our universe.
But like anything that is powerful, it can have a bad side. We have seen this already. As adults many of us are able to handle mean words. Even lies.
Children and teenagers can be fragile. They are hurt when they are made fun of, or made to feel less, in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard. And can force them to hide and retreat.
Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers.
It is never ok when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground. And it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the Internet.
We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other. We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media.
This will be one of the main focuses of my work if I am privileged enough to become your First Lady.
I will also work hard to improve everyday life for women. The women in America are incredible.
They are strong, intelligent, generous, committed, determined.
With opportunity, women will advance and achieve.
But some women have been left behind. I see that.
We cannot call ourselves a fully developed or advanced nation when 15% of our women live in poverty, when 16 million are without health insurance, when too many are choosing between basic needs like rent, food and health care.
This can not be. We cannot afford to have more of the same.
We must break with the failures of the past and embrace a future that is worthy of this great nation and her beautiful people.
We must win on November 8th. And we must come together as Americans.
We must treat each other with respect and kindness, even when we disagree.
I will be there to support my husband’s efforts to help all Americans when he is president. Donald Trump will make America fair. He will make America safe. He will make America prosperous. He will make America proud.
And, yes, this man I know so well, Donald Trump, with your help and God’s grace, we will Make America Great Again.
God bless you!
And God bless this beautiful country.