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Melania 'surrounded by people who never talk about reality' to survive Trump scandals: report
Melania Trump is living an unreal existence at Mar-a-Lago apart from her husband, and she "remains angry" at him over the hush money scandal that could land him under criminal indictment.
The former first lady lives in separate quarters from Donald Trump at their private club, and her parents also live there along with son Barron, who turned 17 years old on Monday, but a social source told People that she doesn't dwell much on her husband's legal problems.
"Melania is leading her own life, and still feels happy being at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by people who love her and who never talk about reality, or bad things about her husband," the source told the magazine.
The ex-president apparently expects to be indicted for falsifying records related to a hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to hide their alleged affair shortly before the election, and the source said the 52-year-old Melania Trump has been angry since the scheme was first reported five years ago.
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"She remains angry and doesn't want to hear [the alleged hush money payment] mentioned," the source said. "She is aware of who her husband is and keeps her life upbeat with her own family and a few close friends."
Although she doesn't share the same living quarters as her husband, the couple often have dinner together or attend events at the resort club.
"She does very well with all of her socializing duties," the source said. "They still see friends for dinner at the club, but live separately and do what they want on their own. They don't spend that much time together."
Melania has largely stayed out of her husband's legal affairs, which also involve investigations into his incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection and classified documents improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago.
"[She] wants to ignore it and hopes it will pass," the source said, "but she doesn't sympathize with Donald's plight."
Israel’s Netanyahu heckled by hundreds of protesters during London visit
Hundreds of protesters rallied Friday outside Downing Street in central London to heckle the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak.
Netanyahu has faced weeks of escalating protests in Israel over his government’s judicial reform programme, which would increase politicians’ power over the courts and critics argue is a threat to democracy.
Demonstrators in the UK capital, many holding Israeli flags and placards critical of the country’s veteran leader, shouted “shame” in Hebrew as he greeted Sunak at the door of 10 Downing Street.
They erected the letters of the word “democracy” on Whitehall opposite the entrance to the gated street, while wielding signs accusing Netanyahu of dragging Israel towards “dictatorship”.
“It’s important to be here because maybe at some point they won’t have the right to protest in Israel,” Dana Drori, a mother-of-two in her 30s, told AFP at the protest, alongside her young daughters.
“It’s anger, it’s sadness,” she said of her emotions. “It’s just hard to believe it’s becoming a dictatorship.”
In a televised address hours before departing for London, Netanyahu pledged to restore unity within his increasingly fractured country, but gave little away about how he would do that while still pursuing the reforms.
Some of Israel’s allies abroad, including the leaders in the United States and Germany, have raised concerns about the controversial overhaul.
However, Sunak and his ministers have not commented on it.
The UK government released few details about the two-day visit, but Netanyahu’s office said in a statement his meeting with the British leader will “focus on the Iranian issue”.
The pair will discuss “the need to formulate a united international front against Iran in order to stop its nuclear program”, it added.
They are also expected to talk about strengthening bilateral “strategic ties” as well as issues including the war in Ukraine and developments in the Middle East, the statement noted.
Netanyahu is also set to meet hardline interior minister Suella Braverman—who has herself faced stinging criticism over contentious UK plans to deter asylum-seekers—to discuss countering global terrorism.
Further protests by pro-Palestinian groups are expected in central London later Friday, with some Palestinians attending the morning rally.
“As Palestinians from the diaspora we see ourselves at the front line of the fight for a free Palestine and when Netanyahu comes to visit in our backyard we have to protest it,” said one 24-year-old protester, who gave her name only as Yasmine.
Trump whipping up unrest is all 'part of the strategy': CNN's Abby Phillip
Former President Donald Trump lashed out once again ahead of his potential indictment for bookkeeping fraud in New York, suggesting there will be "death and destruction" over his arrest.
On Friday, CNN's Abby Phillip put Trump's latest comments, as well has his racially-charged remarks calling the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is Black, an "animal" and "human scum" who is "Soros-backed" and doing the "work of the devil."
"'Death and destruction,'" said anchor Poppy Harlow. "Given the history and the background of the death and violence on January 6th and the insurrection, why is the [former] president saying this?"
"He doesn't see any downside to upping the ante," said Phillip. "And why would he? Every time that he's escalated the rhetoric, the response on Capitol Hill from Republicans, even the ones who are typically more measured about Trump, has been to circle the wagons around him. So these things really feed on themselves. When trump sees the reaction to one post, the previous one, calling on his supporters to protest, and he sees that the only consequence of that had been that Republicans basically said, we've got to defend Trump, he goes one step further, and I think that's what we're seeing here. We don't know what's going to happen. We don't know what Alvin Bragg is going to do. But Trump is raising a lot of money off of this kind of rhetoric. And I think that he does not care if he does, in fact, spin up unrest. That's part of the strategy."
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"Well, he raised a whole lot of money by saying, oh, I'm going to be — you know, insinuating that he was going to be indicted on Tuesday, right raise money off of that," agreed anchor Don Lemon. "But this is really disturbing me, because he's been doing this for a while, and I think we can't talk enough about it, where he's been calling these prosecutors who happen to be African-American, saying that they're racist. He called Alvin Bragg a 'Soros-backed animal.' He's turning to his old tricks here of, you know, being racist or racist-adjacent, using that type of language for people."
"And as someone who's covered trump for years, if you go back and you read his rhetoric — I mean, this goes actually all the way back to the 80s," said Phillip. "Trump has a very long history of calling Black people racist or dumb or using, you know — talking about Baltimore as being, you know, filthy, rat-infested, the same thing with Congressman John Lewis' district in the Atlanta suburbs. So he has a long history of that. These are — I don't know if we can even call them codes at this point, because I think that it's pretty transparent, but they are signals to his base, who are much more prone to see Black people, in positions of power in particular, in a racial lens, even though what the D.A. is doing at this moment actually has absolutely nothing to do with race."
"I think we've got to just stick with the facts here, wait for them to unfold and not get distracted by what Trump is trying to do, which is to rile up his his base from a political perspective on this issue," Phillip added.
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