Donald Trump made a sweet gesture to the “beloved” First Lady, his wife Melania, while delivering a speech at the Ford’s Theater Gala, asking for her impressive “poll numbers” due to her popularity throughout America.
“I wanted to thank all of the chairs of the Gala, including your honorary co-chair, America’s beloved First Lady,” Trump said on stage. “I’d love to have her poll numbers! Where do I get her poll numbers?” he teased. “They do love you,” he then told her directly.
The Commander-in-Chief also paid tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln, who was the center of the annual fundraising celebration, referring to him as a leader “for truth and freedom and human equality.
“The patriotism of President Lincoln has lived on in every subsequent generation that has risen to the call of destiny and the demands of duty,” he said.
Trump also congratulated this year’s awardee for the Lincoln Medal, retired Gen. Colin Powell and his wife, Alma, whose hard work, character, and achievements resemble that of Lincoln’s. The president thanked the couple for their outstanding service to America.
Powell served in the army for 35 years before being chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. He was also a national security adviser and a secretary of state under President George W. Bush.
The annual event at Ford’s Theater commemorates the historical site where Lincoln was assassinated. The landscape honors the former president’s legacy by showcasing his interest in theatre and the arts.
Uniting the nation and reconciling all of America was an aspiration of Lincoln, which showed through his work. At present, his legacy lives on through the Annual Gala, bringing different American leaders and figures together to celebrate and acknowledge men and women who were like America’s 16th president.
Shortly after he attended the event, Trump addressed a controversy, denying he called Meghan Markle “nasty” after hearing about her comments about him during the 2016 presidential campaign.