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NBC News 11 Jan 2021

Melania Trump Condemns Capitol Riots, 'Salacious Gossip' About Her In Statement


First lady Melania Trump has spoken out for the first time since the riots at the U.S. Capitol. Trump called the fatal attack on the Capitol "shameful" and also took aim at "salacious gossip" about herself. NBC News' Shannon Pettypiece explains what kind of "gossip" the first lady is referring to.

First Lady Melania Trump released a statement calling for "healing, grace, understanding, and peace" in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. In an over 600-word statement, the First Lady says she is praying for the families of those who died during the pro-Trump riot, naming the four alleged rioters before the Capitol Police officers. She says she is "disappointed and disheartened by what happened last week," and calls out what she calls "salacious gossip" about her.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, author and former senior adviser to first lady Melania Trump, speaks to CNN's Brianna Keilar about her article in The Daily Beast where she writes that Melania and the President "lack character, and have no moral compass."

President-elect Joe Biden called the individuals who rioted in the Capitol "domestic terrorists" and said President Donald Trump's actions and rhetoric incited their violence.
In a new video message, President Trump says now that Congress has certified the election results, the "new administration will be inaugurated on January 20" and his "focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power."

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