Barbara Walters on Her Interview With Melania Trump: 'Maybe Because She's So Beautiful, We Don't Expect Her to Be as Smart as She Is'

"If a man said this I'd kill him," Barbara Walters added


ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosBarbara Walters opened up about meeting Donald Trump‘s family on Good Morning America Friday, before her anticipated 20/20 interview with the political candidate and his brood airs on ABC.

In a special clip from her sit-down, Walters speaks with First Lady hopeful Melania Trump, a woman she was surprised by, as she told Robin Roberts.

“Maybe because she’s so beautiful, we don’t expect her to be as smart as she is,” Walters said, before contending, “If a man said this I’d kill him.”

In the sneak peek, Melania – who was joined by her husband – told Walters that she supports Donald “100 percent,” despite keeping away from the campaign trail.

“We have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I’m raising him, and he needs a parent at home,” she said.

The 45-year-old Slovenia native said she encouraged Donald to run for election in 2016 because “I know what he can do and what he will do for America.”

Melania said the pair’s marriage is one of equals (although Donald insisted the former model wears the pants) and admitted she shares her opinions with him after the presidential debates.

“She’s told me a couple times during the debates … she’s said you could tone it down a little bit on occasion,” Donald said.

Melania maintained a similar stance on Donald’s politics when PEOPLE first spoke with the family in September, her first major interview.

“He is who he is,” she said of her husband at the time. “Even if you give him advice, he will maybe take it in, but then he will do it the way he wants to do it. You cannot change a person. Let them be. Let them be the way they are.”

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As for the harsh rhetoric surrounding Donald, Melania told Walters she knows she “can handle” it.

“He has a big heart and a very warm heart,” she told Walters. “I think America needs a strong leader and tough leader who knows what he’s doing.”

The Trump family’s 20/20 interview airs on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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