June 24, 2024
Melania Trump Addresses Newly Naturalized Citizens in Rare Appearance

Melania Trump Addresses Newly Naturalized Citizens in Rare Appearance

(Headline USA) In a rare public appearance, former first lady Melania Trump stressed the importance of “guarding our freedom” and the responsibilities that accompany American citizenship as she spoke Friday at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

Born in Slovenia, Melania Trump is the only first lady who is also a naturalized U.S. citizen. She recounted her path to that citizenship, beginning with a worker visa upon arriving in New York City during her career as a model.

“How fortunate to be with the naturalizing individuals and their families as they recite the Oath of Allegiance and become Americans before our great nation’s founding documents,” she said.

Friday’s ceremony marked a rare appearance for the former first lady, who supports her husband’s campaign, but has not yet been on the campaign trail as he seeks the 2024 GOP nomination.

She attended the memorial service for Rosalynn Carter in Georgia a little over two weeks ago.

She said Friday that becoming a U.S. citizen comes with a great deal of responsibility.

“It means actively participating in the democratic process and guarding our freedom,” she said.

“It is a life-altering experience that takes time, determination and sometimes even tremendous strength.”

Friday’s ceremony featured 25 people from 25 nations being sworn in as new U.S. citizens, surrounded by founding documents including the Constitution.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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