Melania Trump to Address The Nation From Pennsylvania as Prospective First Lady

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NEW YORK CITY, New York — Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, will address the nation from Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon just five days before the election.

According to the Trump campaign, Melania Trump will focus on goals she will have as First Lady of the United States should her husband win—and on her family, marriage and experience on the campaign trail.

Melania Trump has been mostly quiet throughout the campaign, occasionally doing interviews at Donald Trump’s side and speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. But in the final home stretch here, she’s leaving nothing on the table as she plans to come out swinging for her husband later on Thursday in Berwyn, Pennsylvania—the heart of an all-important battleground state where Trump is surging in the polls.

Excerpts of her draft remarks released by the Trump campaign give a hint of what she might say on Thursday afternoon.

“Surrounded by our family, and speaking to an audience of millions, Donald promised to campaign on behalf of those who feel the system is broken and does not work for them, those who just want a fair shake, an opportunity for a better education, a better-paying job, a better future. He pledged to restore integrity to Washington, and respect for America abroad.

I come here today to talk about my husband Donald and his deep love and respect for this country, and all of its people,” Melania Trump’s draft remarks read. “I have come here to talk about this man I have known for 18 years. And I have come here today to talk about our partnership, our family, and what I know for sure in my heart, about this man, who will Make America Great Again.”

She will also talk about what kind of First Lady she would be.

“People have asked me, if Donald is the President, what kind of First Lady will you be?” Melania Trump will say.

“I want our children in this country, and all around the world, to live a beautiful life, to be safe and secure,” she will add. “To dream freely of love and a family of their own someday. We need to teach our youth American values. Kindness, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation.”