Trump Honors Melania Before Powerful Business Leaders — Sends Audience To Their Feet

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

President Trump gathered some of America’s most successful and influential business leaders for dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Tuesday night to hear directly from American industry leaders about how to keep the American economy booming.

Trump went around the room asking executives and CEOs how the American economy is working (or not working) for them. He received a number of colorful responses. To kick off the round of comments, Trump recognized the business leaders sitting at his own table. When he got to Melania, Trump had a compliment ready.

Trump said of the first lady, “The great first lady — she has been so caring, so loving, so good to people. And they — you know, I was in Ohio the other night, and there were so many signs: ‘We love our first lady. We love our first lady.'”

Trump then said, “Melania, please, stand.” The room burst into applause.

Melania addressed the group briefly saying, “Welcome to Bedminster. It’s great to have you here. And we’re looking for a great discussion tonight. And I just want to thank the president for doing an incredible job and for all of your help. Thank you very much.”

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Trump said, “Thank you, honey. Thank you.”

Later in the night, Trump addressed one of the female CEOs in the room, saying, “I’m going to ask a very powerful woman — she’s always at the top of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” — and, no, Melania, I’m not talking about you.”

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