Melania Trump says she's 'disappointed and disheartened' in first statement on Capitol violence

By , NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

On Monday, First Lady Melania Trump spoke out for the first time about the violence that erupted at the Capitol last Wednesday.

In a written statement, she said "I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week. I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain."

Trump went on to condemn the actions that took place at the Capitol. "Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol," she wrote. "Violence is never acceptable."

"I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us."

Since the riot at the Capitol took place, a number of people in President Trump's administration have resigned. Others, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, have been pushing for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi said the House plans to vote to impeach Trump, accusing him of inciting the events that took place on Wednesday.

The first lady concluded her statement by thanking the American people and wishing peace for the country. "It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your First Lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans who supported my husband and me over the past 4 years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms which are dear to me.

"Most importantly, I ask for healing, grace, understanding, and peace for our great Nation.

"Every day let us remember that we are one Nation under God. God bless you all and God bless the United States of America."

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