Exclusive: Former First Lady Melania Trump will speak to new American citizens on Friday about the “responsibility” of citizenship and the importance of “protecting our freedom” during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.
Trump will reflect on her own experience and the “sense of success” she felt “immediately” after becoming a US citizen, according to excerpts of prepared remarks obtained by Fox News Digital.
The National Archives will host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday in the historic National Archives Hall. The ceremony will feature 25 people from 25 countries taking the oath as new citizens of the United States before the Constitution and other founding documents.
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The former First Lady will speak at the ceremony and discuss the responsibilities that come with being an American citizen.
The former first lady is expected to say, “This means actively participating in the democratic process and protecting our freedom. It also means being a role model and contributing to our community.” “It is a life-changing experience that requires time, determination, and sometimes tremendous strength.”
“All our lives, we cross thresholds,” Trump will say. “And although obstacles often stand in the way of our goals, we persevere, because we know that overcoming them will provide great access to personal development, fulfillment, and ultimately self-actualization.”
Before the ceremony, the former first lady told Fox News Digital that she was “honored to receive an invitation to participate in the Naturalization Ceremony on Bill of Rights Day.”
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Trump said: “I can personally relate to the wave of emotions experienced by individuals at today’s celebration, and I remember the feeling of success I felt immediately after becoming an American citizen.”
“The weight of this transformative moment is highlighted by the splendor of the place itself,” the former first lady said, referring to the rotunda of the National Archives.
“How fortunate I am to be with naturalized individuals and their families as they recite the Oath of Allegiance and become Americans before the founding documents of our great nation,” she said.
In a previous interview, the former First Lady told Fox News Digital that she supports her husband’s presidential campaign and looks forward to “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength” during a potential second term in the White House.
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Trump said that if she had the “privilege” to serve as first lady again in 2024, she would continue to prioritize initiatives focused on the well-being and development of the world. children, To make sure they get “the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential.”
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During her time as First Lady, Trump hosted virtual roundtables on foster care as part of her “Be Best” initiative, and focused on strengthening the foster care system. She worked with members of Congress on legislation that would ensure funding for grants to youth and young adults currently or formerly in foster care to help pay for college, vocational school, or training. The bill was eventually signed into law by then-US President Trump in December 2020.
Since leaving the White House, the former first lady has also created a special edition non-fungible token (NFTs). A portion of those proceeds went to its “Strengthening the Future” initiative to secure it Education and scholarship opportunities For children in community foster care.