Melania Trump childhood: How FLOTUS’ father secretly arranged forbidden ceremony for her
Author Doug Wead wrote in his new book ‘Inside Trump’s White House’, that Melania, having grown up in Slovenia, was forbidden from practicing religion due to the country being a Communist state at the time. While researching his book, Mr Wead conducted numerous interviews during multiple travels to Slovenia.
He even followed up the visit with Skype calls and emails to sources with a translator at hand in order to understand the country and its history.
At the time of Melania’s birth in 1970, Slovenia was an atheist state, according to Mr Wead, which meant that religion of any kind was forbidden.
Mr Wead said: “Melania’s father Viktor Knavs, was a member of the League of Communists of Slovenia, but he nonetheless arranged for Melania to be secretly baptised as Roman Catholic.
“After Jacqueline Kennedy, she is the second first lady in American history to practice the Catholic faith, although several presidential daughters have been Catholic.”
The author also explained how there “were no Christmas trees” during the festive period.
However, there was a different tradition instead.
He continued: “There were no Christmas tree, although it was permissible to buy a ‘New Year’s Tree’.”
Although the lack of tradition may seem harsh, Mr Wead also claimed it was better than other parts of Europe at the time.
He added: “Still, it was an improvement on life in the Soviet Union, where both Christmas and Easter were strictly forbidden.”
In the book, Mr Wead said while living in a totalitarian state, Melania became prepared for her life as FLOTUS.
He said: “Life in a totalitarian state, where neighbour often spied on neighbour, and each block had its own political monitor, may have prepared Melania for the vicious political and media attacks that have become her way as first lady.
“They also gave her a perspective on America that no other first lady has ever had.”
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However, the strict nation was not the most heartbreaking aspect of her time in Slovenia.
Melania allegedly saw the US as a place where dreams could come true.
According to Mr Wead, she saw the US “as a place where anything was possible”.
Melania said in America “your dreams could come true.”
“You could do a lot of things. Whatever you decide to do.”
After Slovenia, the FLOTUS worked as a model in Milan, Italy and Paris.
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