Former US President Donald Trump's mother-in-law, Amalija Knavs, has died at the age of 78.
She described her late mother as a strong woman who always carried herself with grace and dignity.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved mother,” the former US First Lady wrote on X late Tuesday evening.
She added: “Amalija Knavs was a strong woman who always carried herself with grace, warmth and dignity.
“We will miss her dearly and continue to honor and love her legacy.”
Shortly after a lengthy immigration process, the couple became American citizens in 2018, during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Following their status as legal permanent residents, they were able to obtain citizenship through the sponsorship of their adult daughter, using the family reunification visa process that Donald Trump himself had criticized as “chain migration” and called for its abolition.
In 2017, Melania Trump made history as the first first lady born outside the United States since Louisa Adams in 1825.
It is worth noting that during his campaign and presidency, Donald Trump strongly emphasized the need to limit U.S. immigration. He advocated the construction of a border wall with Mexico and the implementation of stricter immigration and visa policies.
The cause of death of Amalija Knavs has not been announced.
In Slovenia, she worked at a local textile factory called Jutranjka, where she introduced her daughter Melania to the fashion industry as a child model for the company in the mid-1970s. Her husband Viktor was an entrepreneur.
Donald Trump expressed his condolences on his Truth Social media platform, describing it as a “very sad night” for the Trump family.
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The former US president praised Melania's mother, Amalija, as an extraordinary woman who will be dearly missed.