Melania Trump's fiery jibe at husband's critics: 'We're proud in Europe!'

The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) recently sparked backlash on Twitter after celebrating “hard working” Americans on Labor Day. Users quickly responded by asking what exactly it is that the First Lady does. Labor Day celebrates the American labour movement and workers contributions to the US.

Thanking workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, Melania wrote: “This Labor Day, we recognise & celebrate the hard working American workforce.Thank you for all you have done to keep our country moving, even in the most unprecedented times.”

With the US election just over 50 days away, the response of many users suggested discontent with the incumbent First Lady.

One replied: “What work did you do exactly?” while another said: “No one in this family has ever known a hard day’s work.”

It isn’t the first time Melania has been subject to criticism.

Melania Trump: The FLOTUS gave Trump's critics a stinging message after they criticised her work

Melania Trump: The FLOTUS gave Trump’s critics a stinging message after they criticised her work (Image: GETTY)

Trump: Melania and Trump pictured at the Republican Party convention

Trump: Melania and Trump pictured at the Republican Party convention (Image: GETTY)

During Mr Trump’s campaign trail 2016, the New York Post revisited Melania’s naked photoshoot with Max Magazine in 1996, with many going on to use it as a means to attack both her and the then-prospective president, Donald Trump.

She gave those critics a stinging message during a 2016 CNN interview, and said she was “proud” of the photoshoot.

Talking about what she viewed as unfair coverage of herself by the media, she said: “From the beginning, I never had one correct story – one honest story published about me.

“The New York Post, two days in a row, put me on the cover with the pictures I did many years ago as a model.

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“I’m very proud I did those pictures.

“I’m not ashamed of my body.

“I feel very comfortable with myself and with my body.

“They were taken for a French magazine and in Europe we are proud of our bodies – no matter what size you are.

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“It was done as art, as a celebration of the female body.”

On November 3, Melania will find out whether she will remain FLOTUS.

Mr Trump is up against the Democrats’ Joe Biden and a handful of other nominees such as the Green’s Howie Hawkins, the Libertarian’s Jo Jorgensen.

Melania backed her husband’s cause recently during the Republican Party’s convention, delivering an impassioned speech praising Trump’s work.

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She said: “I want to acknowledge that since March our lives have changed drastically — the invisible enemy, COVID-19 swept throughout our country.

“Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic.”

She refrained from using her speech to “attack the other side”, and pleaded with American voters for “civility”.

However, she drew much criticism from Democrat pundits with Tom Nichols, senior adviser for the anti-Trump Republican group Project Lincoln, savaging the first lady’s address.

US election: Melania gave a speech at the Republican convention that praised her husband's work

US election: Melania gave a speech at the Republican convention that praised her husband’s work (Image: ABC News)

He said: “This is a Seinfeld speech. It’s about nothing.

“It’s certainly not about Donald Trump, other than Melania saying that she’s ‘always admired’ Donald’s commitment to his country – shya, I’m sure – and then a segue into ‘which is why I launched Be Best.’”

Mehdi Hasa, Al Jazeera presenter, also chipped in, and added: “Melania just said Trump welcomes differences of opinion. I’m dead.”



Lewis Hamilton’s tax record defended by furious Labour peer: ‘He’s a proud Briton!’

Lewis Hamilton currently leads the Formula One Drivers’ Standings as the Mercedes driver continues his unerring dominance in the sport. He is nearing seven world titles, which would see him go level with all-time great Michael Schumacher. Yet, despite the Briton’s success, Hamilton has been criticised by some. The Mercedes driver has had his tax record questioned at times because he lives abroad.

However, Hamilton today is among the UK’s 5,000 biggest taxpayers.

The six-time world champion’s earnings allow him to contribute a significant amount to the exchequer while working in Britain, where his team is based.

Labour peer Lord Peter Hain told Express.co.uk that the anger at Hamilton is undeserved.

Lord Hain has been a notable backer of the Mercedes driver in recent years, and also knows Hamilton’s family well.

In 2019, several key figures suggested he should receive a knighthood, not just because of his sporting triumphs, but also his tax and charity contributions.

He told Express.co.uk: “Hamilton has a home in Britain, he pays taxes in Britain – he works around the world and he works in music and fashion in America.

“But he pays tax in Britain – so there is no excuse not to give him a knighthood.”

Lord Hain also said that Hamilton has proved why sports stars should speak out on issues outside of the sport.

In recent months, Lewis Hamilton has campaigned in support of Black Lives Matter – and also hit out at other F1 figures.

Hamilton criticised F1 for a “rushed” and “embarrassing” display in Hungary last month after drivers failed to all gather in time to show their opposition against racism, or all kneel, while he also pointed the finger at Grosjean.

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Lord Hain said Hamilton’s campaigning has been admirable.

He added: “He is a Briton to be proud of and is a role model for other sports people of any colour.

“I think it’s good that Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford have been vocal, Megan Rapinoe is another example.

“There’s been a break from the idea that sports people should be seen on the pitch or the track but never heard.

“It’s good that sports people are speaking out on social justice and morality and Lewis has done that admirably.”



Queen brings royal fans to tears with Sir Tom Moore knighthood ‘very proud today!’

Twitter has been flooded with admiration after national hero Captain Tom Moore was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a small ceremony at Windsor Castle today. The 100-year-old raised more than £30 million for health workers during the pandemic.

The Royal Family Twitter account posted a beautiful image of the Queen and Captain Tom Moore with the caption: Arise, Captain Sir Thomas Moore!

“Today The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on @captaintommoore at an Investiture at #WindsorCastle.”

The image has been retweeted more than 4,000 times and commenters have flooded to praise the hero.

Someone wrote the ceremony brought a tear to their eyes and said: “This brought tears in my eyes!

“Congrats Sir! The two people who pulled our nation together during one of the worst time! Thank you to you both!”

Another Twitter user said: “Two legends! Much respect and many congratulations to Sir Thomas Moore.”

Someone else said how proud they were of the NHS hero.

They wrote: “These two beaming at each other when she knighted him. Am so proud of you Sir Tom.”

Someone else agreed the knighthood brought them to tears.

They said: “I had no idea that watching this act of love and respect would reduce me to tears, but it did.

“It feels moving and is a rare moment of beauty and kindness in this terribly troubled world (but not going to mention why Capt. Sir Thomas Moore had to raise money for a public service)”

During his fundraising, Sir Tom made countless media appearances and quickly became a household name in the UK and attracted more than 1.5 million individual donations during his charitable cause.

The war veteran was conscripted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in 1940 and was stationed in Cornwall shortly before the beginning of World War 2.

A year later, he became a member of the Royal Armoured Corps.

He was quickly promoted to war-substantive lieutenant in 1942 and then to temporary captain in 1944. He served as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Dorset.

And many people praised the vetetan for his service over the years after being knighted.



Prince Harry opens up on ‘proud’ moment as he launches new initiative for UK veterans

The Duke of Sussex, 35, is supporting Walking With The Wounded’s expedition, which pays homage to the travels of Wilfred Thesiger across the Arabian Peninsula in the 1940s. The veterans’ walk across the Omani desert starts on November 20 and ends on December 11.

Harry, who is setting up home in the US with wife Meghan Markle after quitting royal duties, is expedition patron.

He said: “At the end of this year, a year that has seen unprecedented global challenges, a group of veterans will be tackling a challenge unlike anything they’ve faced before.

“Facing searing temperatures and pulling a cart that weighs more than three times their own body weight, these veterans will need to summon incredible physical and mental strength.

“I am proud once again to support them and support the veterans whose courage, determination and resilience is a credit to all of us who have served.

“To the men and women selected for this team, good luck. I know people all over the world will be cheering you on.”

The Walk of Oman is in partnership with the Omani armed forces, with support from the royal office of Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

The team of ex-service personnel, all of whom have physical or cognitive injuries, aim to highlight the courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving their countries and draw attention to the support needed in their transition to civilian life.

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“The Oman Expedition creates a new challenge and sense of adventure.

“We are honoured to be walking across the Omani desert, a country so closely aligned in many areas with the UK, particularly with our military.

“The desert and intense heat of the Middle East is one environment we have not yet faced.

“Oman was chosen because of the very close ties between our two nations.

“The UK supported His Majesty Sultan Qaboos during the Dhofar Conflict in 1972 and the UK and Omani military continue to train closely with one another today.

“Our aims, as before, are to raise and maintain awareness of the challenges many face in the wider military community.

“The funds raised will support WWTW’s existing programmes -supporting those ex-service men and women who have struggled since they left the Armed Forces.”

Details of the selection process and expedition team will be revealed in the coming months.