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First Lady Melania Trump, issued her first statement on Monday in reaction to last Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol by supporters of the President, lamenting the deaths left in the wake of the event.
“My heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Roseanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families’ comfort and strength during this difficult time,” read her statement, which first mentions the dead who were part of the mob that assaulted the seat of the legislature, including the one who was shot by security forces.
The First Lady included in the list of victims Howard Liebengood, one of the Capitol police officers who safeguarded the Capitol and who according to local media died last Saturday in an apparent suicide, without it being clear if his death is directly related to the assault.
She showed her dissapointment about what happened in the Capitol past week and criticized “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations” against her.
“This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”
“Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred in our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable,” she added.
Trump also attributed the violence to the “passion and enthusiasm” during the elections and asked to not allowing “that passion to turn to violence.”
“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 four years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit,” she continued. “I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms which are dear to me.”