The couple sat down with Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos in a segment aired Thursday, and the 46-year-old former model revealed that she gives her husband advice about his tweets “all the time” — which Trump said has proven to be pretty helpful.
“It’s a modern-day form of communication,” he told the host as they sat down in his new Washington D.C. hotel. “Between Facebook and Twitter, I have 25 million people. It’s a big asset. You have to use it right … and [Melania] can give me pretty good advice, believe me.”
The presidential hopeful has come under fire numerous times for controversial tweets throughout his campaign, and the 70-year-old business mogul said he believes in “fighting back,” noting that most of the people he has criticized on the social media site have “deserved it.”
“When people are against me, when they tell lies, you know, I have the power of this instrument. And, frankly, sometimes I’ll use that,” he said. “And I agree. Sometimes it will revert back or sometimes maybe it doesn’t come out — you have to be careful with it.”
Still, Melania said she has seen the harmful effects of social media, and vowed to make a difference should she become First Lady.
“I would focus on helping children and women and also about social media,” she told Stephanopoulos. “In the 21st century, what’s going on, it’s very hurtful to children — to some adults as well — but we need to take care of children. We need to teach them how to use it. What is right to say, what is not right to say, because it is very bad out there and children get hurt by social media, by what’s going on and by negativity.”
The Slovenian native also opened up about their 10-year-old son, Barron, telling Stephanopoulos that she has explained Trump’s controversial campaign to the boy.
“He’s taking [it] very well. I keep him balanced and just have him (sic) a childhood as normal as possible,” she said, noting that Barron often asks her about the polls. “Of course, he misses his dad a lot these days.”