Donald Trump’s Wife Melania Told Him to “Tone It Down a Little Bit” After the GOP Debates

Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight. The presidential hopeful, 69, has been stirring up controversy for months as the 2016 election is less than a year away. But his wife, Melania Trump, has not been on the campaign trail with him. In her first sit-down interview since Donald announced he was running in June, Melania opened up to Barbara Walters on 20/20 about her perceptions of her husband as a candidate.

Barbara Walters, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump
Barbara Walters interviewed Donald Trump and his wife, Melania

“It’s my choice not to be there,” Melania told Walters. “I support my husband 100 percent, but we have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I’m raising him. And this is the age he needs a parent at home.”

The Slovenian-born former model, 45, insisted that she and her husband have equal power in their house. Donald quipped, “I would say no [we aren’t equals]. I think she’s far greater than the 50 percent.”

Donald Trump, Barron Trump, and Melania Trump
Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, brought their son Barron to an event in 2015 Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

He also noted that Melania gave him some sage advice after his headline-making GOP debates. “She said, ‘You could tone it down a little bit, on occasion,’” he noted, smiling and agreeing with her.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Donald Trump smiled at wife Melania during the interview

Mrs. Trump — she wed in him 2005, following his 1999 divorce from Marla Maples — called the media criticisms of her husband “unpleasant,” and said the biggest lie out there about the billionaire is that “he’s nasty.”

“He has a big heart and a very warm heart,” she said. “We discuss a lot, and I encourage him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America. He loves the American people, and he wants to help them.”

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Donald Trump and Melania Trump Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Barbara Walters’ 20/20 interview with Donald and Melania Trump airs Friday, Nov. 20, 10 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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