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Did Trump Campaign Lie About Melania's College Degree?

| by Michael Allen
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Melania Trump dominated the headlines for days after she used some of the same lines, word-for-word, in her speech at the Republican National Convention on July 18 that first lady Michelle Obama used in her 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Now, The Huffington Post is reporting the Trump campaign's assertion that Melania has a college degree in architecture may not be true.

The news site notes that the Trump campaign stated in its bio of Melania at the RNC: "After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996."

A biography of Melania, written by Slovenian journalists Bojan Pozar and Igor Omerza, states:

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In her freshman year, the 19-year old Melanija Knavs attended lectures on the following subjects: elements of architecture, fine arts, fundamentals of technical mechanics, architectural construction, descriptive geometry, mathematics, and an ideological (read “communist”) elective credit called "General Partisan Resistance and Social Self-protection." Melanija would have made it to her sophomore year, even having failed 2 exams, but she was supposed to have gotten and held a 1-month internship and kept a journal about it...

Later, in America, after meeting Donald Trump and officially becoming his partner, Melania Knauss told the media that she got her degree in architecture and design. This was almost certainly done in consultation with Trump and his advisors, as they were desperate to give off the impression that the Slovenian model was not just beautiful, but also smart and well-educated.

The Trump campaign did not respond to The Huffington Post's questions about Melania's college degree.

"Melania decamped to Milan after her first year of college, effectively dropping out," said an April article in GQ.

The writer of the GQ article tweeted on July 18: "RNC notes say Melania Trump received degree in design. False. She dropped out after a year, but campaign keeps talking about her degree."

Sources: The Huffington PostJulia Ioffe/Twitter, GQ / Photo credit: PBS New Hour YouTube

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