Melania Trump Announces the Death of Her Mother, Amalija Knavs, the mother of first lady Melania Trump, walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on June 18, 2017. Knavs has died, according to a statement released by Trump late Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Melania Trump Announces the Death of Her Mother: ‘Will Miss Her Beyond Measure’
Amalija Knavs, the mother of former First Lady Melania Trump, died. Trump confirmed the death late Tuesday without specifying the cause.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Amalija,” Trump wrote on X, the medium that replaced Twitter. “Amalija Knavs was a powerful woman who conducted herself with grace, love, and respect. She was completely devoted to her husband, children, grandson, and son-in-law. We will miss her greatly and continue to recognize and love her legacy.”
At a New Year’s Eve event at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Donald Trump stated that his mother-in-law was “very ill” and that his wife was with her in a Miami hospital.
“It’s a tough one, very tough one,” he said of the circumstances.
During Trump’s presidency, the first lady’s mother stayed in New York with her father, Viktor Knavs, and made infrequent appearances at the White House. Amalija Knavs attended a 2018 ceremony where the first lady launched her “Be Best” public awareness campaign to benefit children.
“This is a very sad night for the entire Trump family!!!” Trump posted on his social media platform, Truth Social. “Amalija, Melania’s beautiful mother, has just left for a beautiful place in the sky. She was a great woman who will be missed beyond words!”
Melania Trump sponsored her parents’ immigration to the United States, and they took the oath of office to become citizens at a New York City courthouse in 2018, during Trump’s presidency. The Slovenian immigrant, a former auto dealer and textile factory worker, had lived in the United States as a permanent resident.
Their lawyer stated that they filed for citizenship on their own and received no special treatment.
Melania, born Melanija, was reared by the Knavses in Sevnica, a rural industrial town in Slovenia during the Communist era.
She went to high school in the Slovenian city, of Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began modeling.
She moved to New York in 1996 and met Trump two years later. They got married in 2005.