Transcript for Looking back at Melania Trump’s time in White House
Thank you so much for that, We turn to our "Gma" cover story and first lady Melania trump's legacy from taking on cyberbullying to adding her touch to the white house. Our chief national affairs correspondent Tom llamas joins us with more. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. There were times when first lady Melania trump broke with her husband but by and large she was a loyal partner standing by his side during his darkest moments and his political stunts and tomorrow expected to be no different. She will not be welcoming Dr. Jill Biden to the white house to give her a tour of the residence as is tradition. Pie fellow Americans, it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as first lady of the United States. Reporter: First lady Melania trump saying good-bye to the white house and exiting just like she arrived, shrouded in privacy and facing unescapable controversy. In her farewell address the first lady defended her legacy, but also seemed to hint at the violence inflicted by her husband's supporters at the capitol. Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified. Reporter: From the start Melania trump made it clear she would be a different type of first lady, initially refusing to move to the white house, reportedly so her son baron could finish school in New York City then a devastating story broke. We're going to begin with that new scandal rocking the Stormy Daniels. Reporter: "The Wall Street journal" reporting the president's personal attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, made a hush money payment to porn star stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged sexual encounter. In the only one-on-one interview she did with the broadcast network she addressed this difficult time. You did agree to this interview to your credit with no preconditions knowing that there could be some tough questions asked. You're not the first first lady to have to deal with her husband's alleged infidelities. Has this put a strain on your It is not a concern and focus of mine, I'm a mother and first lady and I have much more important things to think about and to do. I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage and circulate the gossip. Reporter: When the first lady decided to take on cyberbullying as part of her be best initiative, many pointed to the irony that her husband was perhaps the biggest cyberbully on the planet. What happened to you personally that you thought you wanted to tackle this issue? I could say I'm the most bullied person on the world. You think you're the most bullied person in the world. One of them. If you really see what people saying about me and sometimes, you know, people would not say to you face-to-face but they hiding behind keyboards and that's the danger. I've seen your speeches about be best, you make it a point to say adults have to set the example when it comes to be best and comes to social media. Is it tough when your husband goes on Twitter and he's also been known to name-call and be so aggressive and to bully other people? I don't agree always what he posts, but his action is his action and I tell him that. I know I will be -- I will be hit with criticism to talking about cyberbullying, but it will not stop me to do what is right. Reporter: The first lady took her be best initiative to several countries in Africa to raise awareness about said programs there, but her actions many types backfired. In Egypt in front of one of the world's greatest sites she seemed to turn the pyramids into a backdrop for an impromptu fashion show and in one of her most notable moments while visiting undocumented migrant children detained at the border the first lady was photographed wearing this jacket which read, I really don't care, do you? Why did you wear it? You know, often asking myself if I would not wear that jacket, if I would have so much media coverage. It's obvious I didn't wear the jacket for the children. I wore the jacket to go on the plane and off the plane and it was for the people and for the left wing media who are criticizing me and want to show them that I don't care. You can write whatever you want to say but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right. Reporter: Mrs. Trump a former model did not let it stop her from expressing herself through her other fashion choices. Someone who really did support her husband's agenda and was part of it and part of the whole strange norm breaking complicated legacy of the last four years and her wardrobe choices were norm breaking. Reporter: Now, the first lady also put her touch on the white house residence. She did renovate the bowling alley, the tennis pavilion and undertook a project at the rose garden which did need some repairs but faced criticism for removing several trees and changing the rose color to paler tones and her aides said she did not seek the spotlight and claim behind the scenes she did a lot of work and a lot of good, Michael. All right, Tom. Thank you so much for that.
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