Why You Don't See Donald Trump's Wife Melania Out on the Campaign Trail

Melania Trump has been conspicuously absent from her husband's campaign.

“It’s my choice not to be there [on the campaign trail],” Melania, 45, told Walters. “I support my husband 100 percent, but ... we have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I’m raising him.”

“This is the age he needs a parent at home,” she added.

When Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul and former reality TV series host, told his wife he wanted to run for president, Melania said they discussed it at length and she encouraged him to run.

“I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America,” she said. “He loves the American people and he wants to help them.”

“She’s told me a couple of times during the debate, she was very happy with my performances, if you would want to call them a performance,” Donald Trump said. “But she said, ‘you could tone it down a little bit on occasion,’ which I understand.”

“We have a very, very -- pretty much equal relationship,” Donald said.

Watching her husband be criticized is “unpleasant,” Melania said. “But I know I can handle it.”

The biggest untruth about her husband, she said, is the perception that he’s “nasty.”

“He’s not,” Melania said. “He has a big heart and [a] very warm heart. You see who he is on the campaign trail all the time and on television, and I think -- you know America needs a strong leader and a tough leader and [he] knows what he’s doing.”