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20 Quotes From The Trumps About Love & Marriage

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One of the most famous moments from Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20 involved his wife, Melania, and that massively viral GIF of her face falling into a sudden deep frown during her husband's swearing in ceremony. Soon, #FreeMelania started trending along with rampant and sexist speculation that she's miserable and trapped in her marriage. The commentary came against the backdrop of allegations from numerous women that Donald Trump sexually assaulted them - allegations that Melania (not to mention Donald himself) pointedly refuted during her husband's campaign.

Only the first couple knows what's really going on in their own marriage, of course. Here's what they've had to say about each other and their relationship over the years.

© Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic / Getty On finding the right person:

“To be with a man as my husband is, you need to know who you are. You need to have a very independent life as well.” - Melania, commenting on whether she was concerned about the longevity of her marriage, on ABC 20/20 with Barbara Walters on November 21, 2015.

© Brad Barket/Getty Images / Getty

On marital roles:

"You know, I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist, but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I’ll go through the roof, okay?" - Trump, commenting on why his first marriage to Ivana Trump failed in a 1994 interview with Nancy Collins on ABC's "Primetime Live".

"We have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I'm raising him. This is the age he needs a parent at home." - Melania, explaining her decision not to follow her husband on the campaign trail during an interview with Barbara Walters on November 21, 2015.

“The way I look at it, there’s nothing like a good marriage. And there’s nothing like having children. If you have the money, having children is great. Now I know Melania, I’m not gonna to be doing the diapers, I’m not gonna be making the food, I may never even see the kids. She’ll be an unbelievable mother. I’ll be a good father." - Trump, discussing the possibility of having kids during an interview with CNN's Larry King on May 17, 2005.

© Melina Mara/The Washington Post / Getty In defense of Trump's behaviour:

"My husband is kind. He’s a gentleman. He cares about people. He cares about women. He’s not the man that we saw, that we heard on the tape." - Melania, commenting on the infamous "Grab Them By The P***y" tape on "Fox and Friends" on October 8, 2016.

"Sometimes I say I have two boys at home. I have my young son and I have my husband. But I know how some men talk, and that's how I saw it, yes." - Melania, defending her husband against sexual assault allegations on Anderson Cooper 360, October 2016.

20 Quotes from Donald & Melania Trump About Love & Marriage © MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images / Getty 20 Quotes from Donald & Melania Trump About Love & Marriage On each other:

“Amazing heart. Amazing mind. Leader. That’s what I say leader." - Melania, describing Trump in just one word during an interview with Fox News "On The Record" journalist Greta Van Susteren on March 2, 2016.

“Well, she is terrific in bed. She wouldn't want me to say that but she is." - Trump, explaining what made his then-fiancé special enough to keep his attention on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2004.

“She’s never taken advantage of that. She's not one who sees a beautiful something on Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue window and said, ‘I’m gonna get it or please get it.’ It’s not her thing.” - Trump, defending Melania from accusations that she could abuse her access to his billionaire fortune on "Larry King Live" in 2005.

© DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images / Getty On disagreements:

"I give him my opinions, and sometimes he takes them in, and sometimes he does not. Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship. I am not a 'yes' person. No matter who you are married to, you still need to lead your life. I don't want to change him. And he doesn't want to change me." - Melania, discussing her marriage to Trump in the February 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar.

“We were together five years. We literally have never had an argument or forget about the word fight. We’ve never even had an argument. We just are very compatible. We get along… We just have a very good relationship." - Trump, explaining why he wanted to marry Melania in an interview with Larry King on May 17, 2005.

“We are both very independent - I let him be who he is and he let me be who I am. I don't try to change him. He's an adult. He knows the consequences and so I let him be who he is. I give him my opinions, many, many times... I don't agree with everything that he says but you know, that's his normal. " - Melania, commenting on her marriage to Anderson Cooper on February 29, 2016.

“I’m my own person. I’m not a yes person. So I tell it as it is. I tell my opinions and I was always like that. So I think he likes that," - Melania, commenting on her relationship with Trump in a September 2015 issue of People Magazine.

© Melina Mara/The Washington Post / Getty On creating a successful long-term relationship:

"It’s a lot of responsibility for a woman to be married to a man like my husband...We have a great relationship. We are both very independent. We know what our roles are and we are happy with them. I think the mistake some people make is they try to change the man they love after they get married. You cannot change a person. You accept the person." - Melania, discussing her 'fairy-tale marriage' to Trump with Parenting Magazine in 2015

“I don’t want to say come home and be with me. I don’t want to change him. I want to give him space and I think that's very important in the relationship.” - Melania, dishing on the what makes the First Couple's relationship work during a "Larry King Live" in 2005

“We have a great relationship. We are own people. I’m my own person. He’s his own person. And I think that’s very important. I don’t want to change him. He doesn’t want to change me.” - Melania, sharing why she fell in love with Donald on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in February 2016.

© James Devaney/WireImage / Getty On whether the marriage would last: 

“We know what kind of relationship we have. I don’t think I should be scared of anything.”- Melania, commenting on whether Trump's previous marital failures scared her during on Larry King in 2005.

"I don’t want to have to go home and have to work at a relationship. A relationship you have to work at, in my opinion doesn’t work," - Trump, explaining his views on relationships to Larry King in 2005.

© Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images / Getty On equality in their relationship: 

“We are very equal in the relationship and that’s very important. You know to marry a man like Donald, you know you need to know who you are. And you need to be very strong and smart. He needs to know he can rely on me sometimes, you know? And we share a lot of stuff together.” - Melania, discussing the type of women her husband needs on Larry King Live in 2005.

"I would say no. No, I think she’s far greater than the 50 percent. Nah, no we have a very very pretty much equal relationship. Wouldn’t you say?" - Trump, commenting on whether the pair were equal in their marriage on ABC 20/20.

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