President Donald Trump jumped to his wife's defense after a new report claimed first lady Melania Trump never wanted or expected to become first lady and is unhappy in the role.
"This isn't something she wanted and it isn't something he ever thought he'd win," a longtime friend of Melania Trump said in the article, published by Vanity Fair. "She didn't want this come hell or high water. I don't think she thought it was going to happen."
In a Nov. 28 tweet, the president addressed the report, saying Melania Trump is happy to be first lady and the couple always thought he would win the election.
"Melania, our great and very hard working First Lady, who truly loves what she is doing, always thought that 'if you run, you will win,'" he tweeted. "She would tell everyone that, 'no doubt, he will win.' I also felt I would win (or I would not have run) - and Country is doing great!"
Whether or not she is happy in the role, it is undeniable Melania Trump has been a less visible first lady than her recent predecessors. Former first lady Michelle Obama made numerous television appearances to promote her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity, while Laura Bush helped create the annual National Book Festival and Hillary Clinton helped craft health care policy for her husband, a move Vanity Fair notes came at the expense of her approval ratings.
Melania Trump's low profile may help keep her popularity ratings higher than her husband's. A recent poll put her favorability rating at 44 percent, 3 points higher than her husband's, according to Vanity Fair. The same poll placed her unfavorability rating at 35 percent compared to the president's 57 percent.
The first lady has also been the subject of criticism. Social media users were quick to condemn Melania Trump for wearing high heels as she left the White House with her husband to view hurricane damage in Texas.
"She's taken tremendous abuse," the president said in an October interview, according to The Economic Times. "She wants to look, out of respect for the White House, wants to look good leaving the front entrance to the White House. So she dresses up and she puts on formal shoes, high heels, and she leaves the White House going to Texas."
In the same interview, Donald Trump said his wife is a private person who doesn't deserve the criticism.
"But she does like to help people," he said. "She sees how important it is."
Sources: The Economic Times, Vanity Fair, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Sgt. Kalie Jones/U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Zach Gibson/Getty Images via Vanity Fair, The Economic Times