Former First Lady Melania Trump surprised the first participant of her “Sharing the Future” initiative during a video call during her first sit-down interview after her husband left office.
Speaking to Fox Nation in an interview released Sunday, Melania spoke about her nonprofit college scholarship, which is funded by the sale of her collection of digital NFT works.
“It’s fun to work with heads of foster communities and schools [choosing] deserving students, ”Melania told presenter Pete Hegset.
Hegset surprised both Melania and Michael Whitesman, the first recipient of the scholarship fund, when he made a video call and introduced the former first lady to a future college student.
“Hey, Melania, thank you so much for your generosity,” Whitesman said.
The recipient, who entered the foster care system when he was just one year after authorities removed him from his home after the deaths of his younger siblings, told Hegset that he gave up his dream of going to college before he was sentenced scholarship.
“All my life I’ve only regretted not being able to go to college … I’m very grateful for the generosity and kindness, so for me it’s a whole bunch,” Whitesman said.
“Fulfills your dreams. Study hard and send me your grades, okay? Melania said, adding that she is looking forward to a personal meeting with Whitesman.
Former First Lady Melania Trump surprised the first recipient of her “Sharing the Future” initiative, Michael Whitesman (pictured) during a video call during her first sit-down interview after her husband left office.
Pete Hegset of Fox Nation introduces former first lady to future college student
Whitesman said he was born to a single mother in Southern California and was removed from his home after police found him with a knife in his hand when he was just one year old.
His younger brother and sister died in a dream, and authorities included Whitesman in the system.
For the next four years he lived in eight different homes before being adopted at the age of five. But despite being physically provided for, Whitesman said his family at the time lacked an emotional connection.
He was returned to the system at age 15, and he again felt the familiar burden of transferring from one foster family to another.
However, after moving to Oklahoma when he turned 17, his life turned around forever, Whitesman told Fox.
“God has been merciful to me … there have been many people who have intervened to instruct me, and I am very grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me,” he said.
Whitesman said he initially refused to go to college because he feared it would cost money he simply did not have, but now he is realizing his dream thanks to the Sharing the Future initiative.
He thanked the former first lady for her generosity and assured that he would receive nothing but a simple As.
‘Very happy. I just wish you good luck and I know you are starting classes in the fall, ”Melania Whitesman said.
Melania has spent her time promoting the sale of her collection of NFT digital works to fund scholarships for vulnerable youth.
In January, she denied a Bloomberg report that she was behind the purchase of the painting for $ 180,000 after it was claimed that no one else had spoken out.
“They need our resources, support, empowerment to achieve this American dream,” Melania said of her Fox initiative.
Creating the future is part of Melania Be Best’s initiative. Above Melania Trump talks about her new Be Best program and initiatives during an event at the White House Rose Garden on Monday, May 7th.
Scholarships are funded through the sale of her collection of digital NFT works. In January, Melania denied a report in Bloomberg that she was behind the purchase of the painting for $ 180,000, after it was claimed that no one else was performing.
Melania Trump has spent her time promoting the sale of her collection of NFT digital works to fund scholarships for vulnerable youth
In a sit-down Fox interview, Melania Trump was also asked about her views on the baby formula crisis.
“It’s good to see that in the United States they are struggling and food is not available to children in the 21st century,” she said.
Asked about the reasons for the deficit, Melania targeted the Joe Biden administration and replied, “Leadership.”
When Hegset asked if she meant a lack of leadership, she replied, “Yes.”
The 52-year-old man remained unnoticed after leaving the White House in January 2021, with only rare sightings of Mar-a-Lago members.
Melania told Hegset that she was used to criticism and decided to focus on her charity work with foster youth.
“I’m here to help people and that’s the mission. And those people who criticize me, I would encourage [help] my own community or maybe join my Foster the Future initiative, ”she said.
During the interview, Melania also attacked Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for putting Jill Biden on the front cover of her magazine, but was unable to do the same for her while her husband was in office.
“We did a little research. You were the only first lady to go to the border. “You did it twice,” Melania Hegset began, “how did you stand up to constant criticism?”
The former first lady is leaving the Oval Office with her husband, former President Donald Trump in 2019.
“Take, for example, Vogue – five months after the presidency of Joe Biden, Jill Biden on the cover. [Vice President] Kamala Harris on the cover before the oath. Hillary Clinton was on the cover when she was first lady. Michelle has been on the cover three times. However, with your business and fashion and your beauty, never on the cover of Vogue. Why double standards? ”Hegset asked.
“They are biased, they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious. And I think Americans see it all. It was their decision, and I have far more important things – and I was doing in the White House – than being on the cover of Vogue, ”Melania said in response.
Melania once made the cover of Vogue back in February 2005, when the Conde Nast title featured exclusive photos of her in a wedding dress when she married Donald.
She was also offered to star in Vogue shortly after Trump came to power, but she refused to accept after the magazine said she could not guarantee her a cover, claimed her former fixer Stephanie Winston-Wolfoff.
Other conservative first ladies – including Laura and Barbara Bush – also failed to publish the cover of Vogue, prompting accusations of liberal bias.
Literally a few months after becoming first lady, Jill Biden took off her first cover of Vogue – an honor never given to her by her predecessor Melania Trump. She posed at the White House in an Oscar de la Renta dress for $ 2,690
Melania covered the February issue of Vanity Fair Mexico in 2017, although the story and photos were reworked from a profile shown in GQ in April 2016.
Before Melania became first lady, she wore a Christian Dior wedding dress on the cover of Vogue in February 2005 after her wedding to Trump.
During the Obama administration, Melania starred in the nude cover for the British GQ – when she was still known as Melania Knaus.
Most recently, she covered the Vanity Fair Mexico issue for February 2017, although the story and photos were reworked from a profile shown in GQ in April 2016. Both editions have the same parent company as Vogue, Condé Nast.
Wintour had never said outright that there would be no more Mrs. Trump on the cover, but had previously suggested that she was not interested in it.
However, her predecessor Michelle Obama graced the cover of a prestigious fashion magazine three times: first in February 2009, less than a month after President Obama’s inauguration, then again in 2013 and finally in November 2016.