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Melania Trump brushes off questions about her husband's alleged infidelity

First lady Melania Trump, in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 18, 2018. Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

First lady Melania Trump brushed aside allegations of infidelity by her husband and said her marriage with President Trump is "fine" during a television interview broadcast Friday, Oct. 12.

"It is not a concern and focus of mine," she told ABC News when asked about allegations of infidelity. "I'm a mother and first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do. I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage."

Her comments came in the latest installment of an interview conducted while Melania Trump was on a solo trip to Africa. In other segments aired Thursday, the first lady said she considers herself one of the most bullied people in the world and does not trust some people working in the White House.

The issue of President Donald Trump's fidelity came to the fore with allegations by adult film actress Stormy Daniels that they had a decade-old affair. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election to remain silent about the alleged tryst. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing Cohen but denied the affair.

Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate, has alleged having an affair with Trump during the same time frame, which the president has denied.

Asked by ABC's Tom Llamas if she has been hurt by the speculation, Melania Trump said: "It's not always pleasant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true or not true."

Asked if she loves her husband, she said: "Yes, we are fine," adding that gossip is "not always correct."

During the interview, Melania Trump was asked about an assertion in June by Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, that she "believes her husband, and she knows it's untrue" when it comes to Daniels's claims.

At the time, the first lady's office issued a statement saying she had not spoken to Giuliani about the matter.

"I never talked to Mr. Giuliani," Melania Trump told ABC.

Asked why Giuliani would say that, she said: "I don't know. You need to ask him."

This article was written by John Wagner, a reporter for The Washington Post.