Donald Trump Compares His Wife to Jacqueline Kennedy: ‘We’ll Call It Melania T. Okay?’
President Donald Trump compared his wife, first lady Melania Trump, with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to the opinion that she is an icon of national politics in the same order as the former first lady.
During an interview with "Fox & Friends" in which he sought to justify the new color palette with which he proposes to paint the Air Force One, Trump said: "We have our own Jackie O, it's called Melania, Melania T".
As he shared with media in the White House, the president proposes to release in 2024 a new presidential airplane with a color palette of navy blue, red, white and a golden stripe, a design almost identical to that of his private plane.
Trump: "We have our own Jackie O, it's called Melania...Melania T" pic.twitter.com/FNfbQd5fzb— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) June 14, 2019
The new colors would replace the traditional light blue ones implemented in the 1960s during Kennedy's term.
“You know the baby blue doesn’t fit with us. People get used to something, but ... That was Jackie O and that’s good, but we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania. Melania. We’ll call it Melania T,” said Trump.
Melania's taste for fashion has been reviewed on multiple occasions, and many media compared the clothes she wore during her husband's inauguration - a blue suit with gloves - with Jackie's trousseau.
Trump calls the first lady of John F. Kennedy by her nickname 'Jackie O.' since after the death of the former president in 1963, she married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate.
Please stop comparing Melania to Jackie O.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 14, 2019
Jacqueline Kennedy was the First Lady, not the Third Lady. pic.twitter.com/uvEZuFt9St
Despite FLOTUS hasn’t received the warmest media coverage, Trump defended her by saying that people love her. “She gets no credit from the media, but she gets credit from the people,” he stated.
Did he really say "it's called Melania"! Wow! And I have nothing against Melania but she's no Jackie O.!— Blessed! (@Momere24) June 15, 2019
Trump’s words when comparing the current first lady with a personage like Jacqueline Kennedy have generated a wave of critics on the part of his detractors, who consider that Melania Trump does not deserve to be compared to her.
Others have opined that Trump should not use 'it' to refer to his wife, it sounds offensive and disrespectful. But surely that was just a bad choice of words and it was not the president's intention to offend Melania T.