Melania Trump was all smiles as she paid tribute to a group of courageous women and baked cookies with two special White House guests on Friday, amid claims that her husband had affairs with two different women.
The 47-year-old first lady looked ready for spring in a $4,220 pink Emilio Pucci suit and a bright yellow top as she attended the 2018 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony at the State Department.
Melania not only looked happy to be at the event, she flashed a bright smile as she stepped on stage ahead of the ceremony.
Melania Trump attended the 2018 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony at the State Department on Friday
The 47-year-old spoke about courage at the event and called the 10 honorees ‘heroes’
The first lady donned a pink suit and a bright yellow top to honor the 10 recipients of the award
She wore her highlighted brown hair in loose curls, and she paired her Easter Sunday-worthy outfit with a pair of nude pumps.
The first lady was introduced by State Department spokeswoman Heather Ann Nauert, and during her speech, she noted that courage is ‘what sets apart the heroes from the rest.’
‘Courage is the quality most needed in this world, yet it is often the hardest to find,’ she said. ‘Courage sets apart those who believe in higher calling and those who act on it. It takes courage not only to see wrong, but strive to right it.
‘Courage is what sets apart the heroes from the rest. It is equal part bravery and nobility. The women of courage we honor here today are heroes,’ she continued.
Cost of style: Melania’s Emilio Pucci trousers and double-breasted blazer cost a total of $4,220
Melania (pictured with Roya Sadat of Afghanistan) posed for photos with each of the honorees after she presented them with their awards
The first lady clapped while Godelieve Mukasarsi of Rwanda raised her award in the air
Melania and the genocide survivor and rural development activist kissed on the cheek
Melania remained on stage to pass out the awards to the 10 honorees, taking a moment to pose for photos with each one of them.
Among the recipients was Aiman Omarova of Kazakhstan, a lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse crimes committed against women and children, and Dr. Julissa Villanueva of Honduras, a forensic pathologist who oversees the Honduran Attorney General’s Forensic Medicine Department.
Melania’s somewhat rare public speech took place amid allegations that President Trump had affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal in 2006.
Melania was all smiles despite allegations that her husband had two separate affairs in 2006
The first lady had her arm around Aliyah Khalaf Saleh of Iraq while posing for pictures
The White House has denied both affairs, and the allegations didn’t stop Melania from having a jam-packed day as first lady on Friday.
In addition to the awards ceremony, she received a special White House visit from two sisters. Natalie and her little sister Celia traveled from Clarksburg, Maryland, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to bake cookies for the first lady.
Photos of the meeting were shared on the FLOTUS Instagram page, and Melania appears to delighted to have the chance to meet the girls.
‘A big thank you to Celia and her big sister Natalie from Clarksburg, MD for traveling to the @WhiteHouse to visit!’ she wrote. ‘I had a wonderful time watching you bake cookies! #ChocolateChipCookies.’
In one snapshot, Melania has her hands clasped together and a smile on her face while she chats with the sisters.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Melania received a special White House visit from sisters Celia and Natalie
The first lady watched the two siblings from Maryland bake chocolate chip cookies at the White House
Both of the girls have on backer’s hats in the pictures, and another images shows Melania leaning over to watch Celia roll the chocolate chip cookie dough.
Just one day before, Karen McDougal, 46, apologized to Melania for her alleged 10-month affair with the now-president in her first televised interview.
‘When I look back, I know it’s wrong,’ she told Anderson Cooper of CNN. ‘I’m really sorry for that. I know it’s the wrong thing to do. But back in those days, I was a different girl, you know, I had fun. I was in the Playboy scene.
‘I was just enjoying life as much as I could. And when I got with him there were real feelings between the two of us. Not just myself, not just him,’ she continued.
‘There was a real relationship there, and I kind of out of sight, out of mind with everything else. And deep inside, I did have a lot of guilt. But I still continued.’
‘What can you say except I’m sorry?’ she said. ‘What can you say except I’m sorry? I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me.’