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British newspaper The Telegraph has issued an apology to Melania Trump after publishing a story that made false statements about the First Lady, her family, and her modeling career.
In a three-paragraph statement, The Telegraph issued an apology to Mrs. Trump regarding an article published on January 19 entitled “The Mystery of Melania” writing, “the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published.”
“Mrs. Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs. Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs. Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr. Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr. Trump,” The Telegraph clarified in their apology.
“We accept that Mrs. Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance,” the published apology continued. “Mrs. Trump met Mr. Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs. Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr. Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs. Trump cried on election night is also false.”
“We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs. Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs,” The Telegraph revealed in the published apology.
.@FLOTUS often refers to opportunists out to advance themselves by disparaging her name&image. Mrs.Trump will not let people&media outlets make up lies&false assertions in a race for ratings or to sell tabloid headlines. Cc @NinaBurleigh / Simon&Schusterhttps://t.co/bVOnyZpk7w
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) January 26, 2019
Mrs. Trump’s Director of Communications, Stephanie Grisham, shared The Telegraph’s apology via Twitter, writing, “@FLOTUS often refers to opportunists out to advance themselves by disparaging her name &i mage. Mrs.Trump will not let people & media outlets make up lies & false assertions in a race for ratings or to sell tabloid headlines.”