Melania Trump
President Donald Trump sits with his wife Melania Trump while appearing at an NBC Town Hall at the Today Show in New York City, April 21, 2016. Getty Images/ Spencer Platt

First lady Melania Trump has defended a tweet President Donald Trump sent out Thursday, which was viewed as a “sexist” attack on “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski by many.

Trump wrote that Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she and her MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough "insisted" on joining the then-president-elect at Mar-a-Lago for a New Year’s party.

CNN senior White House reporter Jeff Zeleny tweeted out that a spokeswoman for Melania, Stephanie Grisham, said: “When her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”

Later Grisham told People Magazine regarding her comment that she was referencing the first lady’s remarks from the campaign trail in April 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At that time, Melania had opposed the notion that her husband was sexist by saying, “when you attack him he will punch back 10 times harder. No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal.”

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Melania has not only supported her husband after he became president, she also backed him all the way through his presidential campaign. In November 2015, when the Republican primary race had barely kicked off, Melania defended her husband’s attitude in public that people were calling “nasty.”

“He's not. He has a big heart and a very warm heart,” Melania said in an interview with ABC News anchor Barbara Walters on “Good Morning America.” However, her husband, who was sitting beside her in that interview, did point out: “She told me you can tone it down a little bit on occasion which I understand.”

Back in February 2016, Melania told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in an interview that despite how the media portrayed her husband, she disagreed with the suggestion that Trump was anti-immigrant or a racist.

“No, he's not. He's not racist. He's not anti-immigrant. He wants to keep America safe. He wants to have illegal immigrants taken care of that they will not be in the country, that they don't pay taxes, that they are criminals, and that they are not good for America. He wants -- he was talking about the illegal immigration, not about everybody,” she told Cooper.

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After the infamous Access Hollywood tape was released, everyone was waiting for Melania’s reaction on the topic. In the audio, president was heard saying that he would just “grab” women “by their p----.”

When Melania went on record to address the issue for the first time in another interview with Cooper in October 2016, her unhesitant defense of her husband’s actions surprised many. Although she said she had told her husband that the kind of language that he used in the tape was “unacceptable,” she went on to suggest that it was not entirely his fault.

"And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on -- it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on," she said. She added that the words spoken in the recording were nothing more than "boy talk, and he was led on -- like, egged on -- from the host to say dirty and bad stuff."

Melania has also been critical of people representing her husband in public after he became president. In March 2017, it was revealed that the first lady didn't approve of the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. According to an anonymous source, she thought that the White House press team was “not proactive” in defending her husband and that Spicer was “not doing a good job.”

“The leaks bother her,” source told Politico. “She believes a lot of people are more interested in serving themselves than him.”