He added that Ms Trump was "staying hidden more", in New York's Trump tower, where she has remained so their son Barron can go to school.
"Melania is unhappy with how her life ended up", a family source tells the publication.
In the much-covered lawsuit, Melania sued the Mail for implying she'd once worked as a high-end escort, an implication that the newspaper later retracted. "It was Donald's", said Phillip Bloch, described by the magazine as a Trump family friend and stylist.
"I think she's a great representative for this county". "It was Donald's" and "Truthfully, it's a lot to cope with".
Melania Trump has signaled her intention to use her time in the spotlight to build her "brand".
True to form, Trump lashed out at criticism of his third wife, who he called a "very private person" and also, perplexingly, "always the highest quality you could find". It has recently been announced that the White House will resume its tours by next month.
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer fanned the flames behind the opposition to Puzder in a statement Wednesday afternoon. It also came to light that Puzder had hired an undocumented immigrant as a maid, which didn't endear him to Republicans.
While she has ultimately kept her plans as First Lady under wraps as of yet, Melania has hired her Chief of Staff as Lindsay Reynolds, a former associate director of the White House Visitor's Office during the George W. Bush administration, and is "putting together a professional and highly-experienced team".
The tabloid has since retracted but a suit is still in the air after Melania claimed the article led to her forfeiting commercial opportunities as the new first lady.
"I think that Melania's going to be outstanding", Trump said Thursday during a lengthy, at times combative news conference at the White House. The Secret Service even takes him to and from school.
"They're not doing this for money, they're not doing this for pay, they're doing this because they feel it, both of them", Trump said.
The 35-year-old made her debut solo appearance as First Lady when she met the Japanese Prime Minister's wife.
But while she did entertain Akie Abe in Florida - posing smiling for the requisite photo op at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in nearby Delray Beach - it was a struggle.