Melania claims she didn’t know about Trump’s riots because she was busy taking photographs

Former First Lady Melania Trump (left) said she was ‘fulfilling’ her official duties on January 6, 2021, and was therefore not aware of the insurrection as it happened (Pictures: AFP/Getty Images)

Former First Lady said she was ‘unaware’ of the deadly Capitol riot as it happened because she was ‘fulfilling’ an official duty – taking photographs inside the White House.

Trump’s remarks on Thursday contradict her former chief of staff Stephanie Grisham’s recent claims that the in the insurrection.

Hours before the committee’s final hearing, Trump shared her side of the story on what she was doing.

‘On January 6, 2021, I was fulfilling one of my duties as First Lady of the United States of America, and accordingly, I was unaware of what was simultaneously transpiring at the U.S. Capitol Building,’ Trump told .

‘As with all First Ladies who preceded me, it was my obligation to record the contents of the White House’s historic rooms, including taking archival photographs of all the renovations.

‘Several months in advance, I organized a qualified team of photographers, archivists, and designers to work with me in the White House to ensure perfect execution.

‘As required, we scheduled January 6, 2021, to complete the work on behalf of our Nation.’ 

Professional lighting was set up inside the White House and photographs were taken of rugs and other items in the East Wing and the Executive Residence, previously reported.

Trump called those duties ‘a very significant undertaking’ that require ‘great care, attention to detail, and concentration – both in the planning and execution’.

Former First Lady Melania Trump’s ex-chief of staff Stephanie Grisham in late June shared a screenshot of an apparent text message exchange (Picture: Twitter)

The former first lady spoke a few weeks after Grisham shared a screenshot of a text message exchange with ‘MT’. It shows that Grisham texted to Trump, ‘Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?’

‘No,’ replied ‘MT’.

Trump on Thursday said she has ‘always been very supportive of my former Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham’ and went on to criticize her work or lack thereof on the day of the riot.

‘Ms Grisham was not in the White House on January 6, and her behavior in her role as chief of staff ultimately amounts to dereliction of duty,’ said Trump, adding that ‘traditionally, the First Lady’s Chief of Staff provides detailed briefings surrounding our Nation’s important issues’.

‘In fact, Ms Grisham failed to provide insight and information into the events surrounding January 6 as she had abandoned her post in Washington, DC,’ continued Trump.

‘Shamefully, this behavior has only partially become public knowledge; yet was consistent for Ms Grisham.’

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