Melania Trump joins Donald to vote in the Florida Republican primaries and says ‘stay tuned’ when asked if she will campaign alongside him in appearance together in Palm Beach

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The former first lady was asked if she would campaign after rare appearance
  • Trump said he was doing well ‘with the Jewish voter’
  • He called Peter Navarro a ‘great patriot’ on day he reported to prison; said he could ‘care less’ about Mike Pence refusing to endorse him 

Former President Donald Trump cast a primary ballot for himself in the Florida primary Tuesday during a rare political appearance with former first lady Melania Trump by his side.

Trump stopped and took reporters’ questions after voting in West Palm Beach near his Mar-a-Lago home, sporting a sticker proclaiming his civic accomplishment.

He quickly brushed off a question about his former vice president, Mike Pence, refusing to endorse him by invoking the events of January 6, days before Trump saluted January 6 defendants and called them ‘hostages’ at a campaign rally.

‘I couldn’t care less,’ Trump said of his former governing partner.

Trump voted in Florida’s primary after already wrapping up his party’s nomination

Former President Donald Trump Trump said he could 'care less' about Mike Pence's statement that he would not endorse his former partner

Former President Donald Trump Trump said he could ‘care less’ about Mike Pence’s statement that he would not endorse his former partner

He also vented about immigration, saying ‘these people come from the wrong places – they come from very bad places’ and said his company had ‘a lot of cash’ while facing a staggering court judgement following his New York fraud trial.

Melania sported dark sunglasses and a long white dress for the event.

She even issued her own brief comment during a rare response to a shouted question, asked if she would be joining her husband on the campaign trail, after laying low and attending the occasional event at Mar-a-Lago.

‘Stay tuned,’ she said. 

Their last joint public appearance came nine days ago when Trump met Hungarian strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban.  

Asked who he voted for, Trump, who has blasted mail voting as well as early voting despite pleas from party professionals, responded, ‘I voted for Donald Trump.’ 

‘Did somebody just say who did you vote for?’ he said after a chuckle. ‘I voted for Donald Trump.’

‘ARIZONA, FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, KANSAS, AND OHIO, VERY IMPORTANT TO GET OUT AND VOTE — MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ Trump posted Tuesday, on a Truth Social feed otherwise dominated by his complaints about his New York fraud trial while facing a $454 million court judgement.

'Stay tuned': Melania Trump was coy when asked if she would be on the campaign trail with her husband

‘Stay tuned’: Melania Trump was coy when asked if she would be on the campaign trail with her husband

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump arrive to vote in the Florida primary election in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump arrive to vote in the Florida primary election in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Trump fielded questions on Paul Manafort and Peter Navarro, calling both men patriots

Trump fielded questions on Paul Manafort and Peter Navarro, calling both men patriots

Melania Trump stood alongside the former president while he took questions.She sported dark sunglasses

Melania Trump stood alongside the former president while he took questions.She sported dark sunglasses

Trump voted on a day he repeatedly blasted the New York judge who ordered him to pay $454 million after his fraud trial

Trump voted on a day he repeatedly blasted the New York judge who ordered him to pay $454 million after his fraud trial

The Florida primary was a low key affair for Trump now that he has wrapped up the Republican nomination. President Joe Biden, who has also sewn up the Democratic nod, was at the start of a trip to Nevada and Arizona, where he said Trump has ‘no basis of understanding’ of foreign policy and blasted the press for focusing on campaing polls.  

‘It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,’ Pence, who ended his campaign last year before Iowa, told Fox News Friday, saying he ‘cannot in good conscience endorse Donald Trump in this campaign.’

‘But that being said, during my presidential campaign, I made it clear that there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, and not just our difference on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January 6.’

Trump has been under fire for his recent comment about Jewish voters in an interview with former advisor Sebastian Gorka.

‘Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion, they hate everything about Israel and they should be ashamed of themselves,’ Trump said. ‘The Democrat Party hates Israel.’

He said Tuesday that ‘We’re doing very well with the Jewish voter.’

On a day his former trade negotiator Peter Navarro reported to a Miami jail after being convicted of contempt of Congress, Trump called him a ‘good man.’

‘He was treated very unfairly.’ He called Navarro ‘a great patriot – great negotiator for our country.’

He also praised former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was jailed on tax and corruption chrages, and who Trump pardoned in his last days in office.

There were weekend reports Manafort might take a role in his campaign dealing with the Republican convention in Milwaukee.

‘I don’t know anything about it. But he is another person who was treated badly. But he was a patriot,’ Trump said.

Trump also defended his company while facing a massive judgement and the threat of having properties seized by state authorities. His lawyers are seeking to get an appeals court to impose a stay, arguing he can’t secure a surety bond.

‘We have a lot of cash and we have a great company,’ he said. ‘This was a rigged trial by a crooked judge and a crooked attorney general,’ he said. ‘They’d like to take the cash away so I can’t use it on the campaign,’ he claimed.

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