(CNN) — Former First Lady of the United States Melania Trump said in a new interview with Fox that she was “unaware” of the ongoing riots on January 6, 2021 because she was too busy photographing a carpet in the White House.
“On January 6, 2021, I was fulfilling one of my duties as the First Lady of the United States and was consequently unaware of what was simultaneously happening on Capitol Hill,” she said.
Melania Trump said it was her “duty” as first lady to archive White House artifacts, which isn’t exactly true. The White House Curator and the White House Historical Association are primarily responsible for keeping track of the contents of the official White House collection.
“As with all the first ladies before me, it was my duty to record the contents of the historic rooms of the White House, including taking archival photos of all the renovations. Several months in advance, I organized a qualified team of photographers, archivists and designers to work with me at the White House to ensure a flawless execution,” he continued. “As required, we schedule January 6, 2021 to complete the work on behalf of our nation.”
Melania Trump’s response comes several weeks after Stephanie Grisham, her former secretary general, revealed an exchange of text messages in which the former first lady responded to a tweet Grisham had written calling for an end to the violence on Capitol Hill. while it was happening. The then-first lady responded with the word “no,” refusing to send a statement condemning the insurrection.
In the interview with Fox, Melania Trump stated that she did not know what was happening that day, although it was broadcast around the world on television and on all social networks. Trump said Grisham “failed to provide context and information” that day.
“Had I been fully informed of all the details, naturally I would have immediately reported the violence that occurred in the Capitol building,” Trump said. “And while Ms. Grisham’s behavior is disappointing, it is not surprising or an isolated incident.”
In response to Trump’s remarks, Grisham told CNN, “Everything she said is nonsense and she knows it.”
Melania Trump waited until five days after the riots to tweet a condemnation of the violence.