Saturday, July 4, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, excerpt sixteen)

from The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:

During that same May 2017 trip, Melania joined other G7 leaders’ spouse to tour the elegant Palazzo degli Elefanti in Catania, Sicily. At lunch, Melania was seated beside the-mayor Enzo Bianco. She spoke entirely in English, communicating to the mayor through her Italian interpreter. Bianco said that he thought it proper etiquette to converse in English with the first lady. But others involved in the planning of the trip said it would have been a nice gesture if Melania had spoken even a few words in Italian. Two months later, Melania and Trump visited Paris. Melania walked into a children’s hospital and brightly greeted the children with a cheerful, “Bonjour! Bonjour!” Then she sat down with the French kids and started chanting to them in English through an interpreter. “How are you? Nice to meet you,” she said to one little girl. Although she placed her hand over her heart and offered a “Je m’appelle Melania. Et toi?,” she then switched back to English. In August 2019, at a G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Melania picked up translation headphones to listen to a speech by French president Emmanuel Macron. CNN commentator Keith Boykin spotted the problem: “Wait. I thought Melania Trump spoke French fluently.”

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