Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, denied suggestions she violated visa rules when she began working as a model in New York.
Melania Trump, in a statement, said that “there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misinformation concerning my immigration status back in 1996.”
She said that she’s been “in full compliance” with American immigration laws and that allegations “to the contrary” are not true. Trump became a citizen in 2006.
Questions about her immigration status arose when Politico published a report on Thursday saying that photos of Trump published in the New York Post earlier this week “inadvertently highlight inconsistencies in the various accounts she has provided over the years,” the report stated, adding that Trump said she came to New York in 1996 but the unearthed photos places her in the U.S. in 1995.
A biography of her published in February by Slovenian journalists also suggested she was in the U.S. at that time, according to the report.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) August 4, 2016
Politico noted that while she’s issued a statement denying the allegations, she hasn’t addressed her visa status or the photos allegedly shot in 1995.
Mickey Rapkin, who interviewed Melania for magazine DuJour, told Politico that she confirmed to him that she came to the U.S. on an H-1B work visa. “When I interviewed Melania, I mentioned that she’d come to New York on that H-1B visa, and she nodded in agreement,” he said.
She previously said she had to return to her native Slovenia every few months to renew her work permit, suggesting that she may have used a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor or a B-2 Tourist Visa instead, Politico noted.