- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

Melania Trump released a statement Thursday aiming to “set the record straight” on a report that she may have broken U.S. immigration laws during a nude photo shoot in 1995 Manhattan.

After The New York Post published multiple photos from the shoot, a Politico report Thursday questioned whether Mrs. Trump, then Melania Knauss, had a visa allowing her to legally work in the United States at the time.

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, responded Wednesday: “Melania followed all applicable laws and is now a proud citizen of the United States.”

Mrs. Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to address the report.

“In recent days there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misinformation concerning my immigration status back in 1996,” Mrs. Trump tweeted. “Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue. In July 2006, I proudly became a U.S. citizen. Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in this great nation and I share my husband’s love for our country.”

But Ben Schreckinger, co-author of the Politico report, pointed out that his report questioned Mrs. Trump’s immigration status in 1995, when the shoot was taken by French photographer Jarl Ale de Basseville, not 1996.

In a follow-up report, Mr. Schreckinger said Mrs. Trump’s statement “conspicuously avoids addressing multiple reports and photographs that place her in the United States and working as a model in 1995.”

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