Melania Trump has disputed a recent report by Politico that raised questions about her immigration status and employment eligibility when she first came to the U.S. from Slovenia in the mid-1990s.
"In recent days there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misinformation concerning my immigration status back in 1996. Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period," the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
"Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue," she stated emphatically. "In July 2006, I proudly became a U.S. citizen. Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in this great nation and I share my husband's love for our country."
Trump's defense of her immigration history comes hours after a report that highlighted inconsistencies in what she and her husband have said about her arrival in the U.S. and the type of visa she was granted. Immigration experts cited in the report suggested Trump "would not have been authorized to work in the U.S. while on a B-1 [business] visa," which is similar to the type of visa she has previously described as having held when she first immigrated to the U.S.
A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign doubled down on the potential first lady's immigration history, telling Politico that she "followed all the applicable laws" to legally immigrate to, and later become a citizen of the United States.
Nevertheless, one of the journalists behind the report was not satisfied with Trump's response.
"This statement does not address our reporting, which pertains to modeling work apparently done in [the] U.S. in 1995," reporter Ben Schreckinger wrote in a tweet that linked back to Trump's statement.