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Trump compares first lady ‘Melania T’ to ‘Jackie O’

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait to greet Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, outside Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the U.K., in Regent’s Park, prior to the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the U.K., in London, Tuesday June 4, 2019. (Chris Jackson / Associated Press)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait to greet Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, outside Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the U.K., in Regent’s Park, prior to the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the U.K., in London, Tuesday June 4, 2019. (Chris Jackson / Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says his wife, first lady Melania Trump, is an icon on the same order of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Trump made the comparison Friday as he defended his decision to change the iconic Air Force One paint job devised under the former first lady’s watch in the 1960s on the next version of the presidential aircraft due to enter service in 2024.

Trump tells “Fox & Friends,” “You know the baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” noting he plans to replace it with a darker navy and the gold stripe along the aircraft with one in red. He says: “That was Jackie O and that’s good, but we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania.”

Trump added, “We’ll call it Melania T.”

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