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18th of October 2018

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Melania Trump says #MeToo victims should only come forward with proof

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First Lady Melania Trump says #MeToo victims who were sexually abused by men should only come forward if they have proof.

In a teaser for her upcoming interview with ABC’s 20/20, Mrs Trump said: ‘I support the women and they need to be heard.

‘We need to support them, and also men, not just women.

‘We need to have hard evidence that, you know, that if you are accused of something, show the evidence.’

The First Lady, who spoke while in Kenya last week, bristled when host Tom Llamas suggested that her answer could be seen as unsupportive of victims.

She shot back: ‘I do stand with women but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, I was, you know, sexually assaulted and or you did that to me,’ states Melania.

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‘Because sometimes the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.’

A teaser released by ABC also shows Llamas asking Mrs Trump about her husband’s alleged infidelities.

Melania Trump’s full interview with ABC journalist Tom Llamas will air on 20/20 on Friday (Picture: ABC News)

The broadcaster is yet to release what the First Lady says in response.

Mrs Trump went on to reveal how her approaches to certain charities have been snubbed because of who she was married to.

She refused to name names, but said: ‘It’s sad to see that organizations and foundations that I want to partner with chose not to because of the administration,’ says the First Lady.

‘I feel they are choosing the politics over helping others

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Mrs Trump spoke out as her husband appointed Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court Justice despite sexual assault allegations made against him.

Kavanaugh’s former schoolmate Dr Christine Blasey Ford claimed he’d tried to rape her during a house party during the early 1980s, and gave a tearful account of what she says happened to a Senate Judiciary Committee.

But Kavanaugh denied the claims against him, with his confirmation to the Supreme Court confirmed last weekend.

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