Sunday 16 December 2018

French first lady Brigitte Macron says Melania Trump 'has a strong personality, but works hard to hide it'

US First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, tour the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, April 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, tour the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, April 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
HIGH HEELS ON THE SOUTH LAWN: Donald and Melania Trump walk the rough road with Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Photo: AP
United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S President Donald Trump, and U.S. first lady Melania welcome French President Emmanuel Macron, French first lady Brigitte Macron after their arrival at the North Portico for before a State Dinner at the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S President Donald Trump, and U.S. first lady Melania Trump wait for the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron, French first lady Brigitte Macron at the North Portico for before a State Dinner at the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC
French President Emmanuel Macron kisses the hand of U.S. first lady Melania Trump, during an arrival ceremony at the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC
U.S. first lady Melania Trump (R) and French first lady Brigitte Macron (L) participate in a state arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron (unseen), for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, April 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ludovic MARINLUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) raise their linked hands in the air while on the Truman Balcony during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

French first lady Brigitte Macron said she feels for US first lady Melania Trump because of the intense scrutiny around her life.

The 65-year-old visited the White House with her husband, French president Emmanuel Macron, in a two-day visit to the Washington D.C. last week, further building on her existing friendship with Mrs Trump. They even donned matching white ensembles for a tour of the National Gallery of Art and the Trump administration hosted its first state dinner to welcome the Macrons.

Politically correct: Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump seem to have hit it off personally and fashion-wise. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Politically correct: Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump seem to have hit it off personally and fashion-wise. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

"We have the same sense of humour, we laugh a lot together," Brigitte told French newspaper Le Monde.

"Melania can't do anything, she can’t even open a window at the White House. She can’t go outside. Me, I'm out in Paris every day."

And she said there may be misconceptions about her personality by the public, describing her as "kind, charming, intelligent, and very open", saying she can empathise with the pressure to behave a certain way.

"Everything is interpreted, over-interpreted. She’s someone who has a strong personality, but works hard to hide it. She laughs very easily, at everything, but shows it less than I do," she added.

U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) raise their linked hands in the air while on the Truman Balcony during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (L) raise their linked hands in the air while on the Truman Balcony during the official arrival ceremony for the Macrons on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"I have the impression that every word is a word too many, I’m constantly holding myself back. That’s the hardest part: there’s never really any time off, never a moment when you can be completely calm."

Ms Macron said she doesn't "feel like a first lady" and that her 11-year marriage is as strong as ever.

HIGH HEELS ON THE SOUTH LAWN: Donald and Melania Trump walk the rough road with Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Photo: AP
HIGH HEELS ON THE SOUTH LAWN: Donald and Melania Trump walk the rough road with Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Photo: AP

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