First Lady Melania Trump released a statement Monday detailing her grief at the violence in Washington, D.C., last week and calling for national unity.
"I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week," she said, also offering her condolences to those who died as a result of the riot. "I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain."
The first lady directly condemned the violence and asked Americans to "listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us." She then highlighted the nation's historic ability to find common ground despite diverse differences and emphasized the need to help one another during the pandemic.
"I want to thank the millions of Americans who supported my husband and me over the past four years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit," she said. "I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms which are dear to me. Most importantly, I ask for healing, grace, understanding, and peace for our great Nation. Every day let us remember that we are one nation under God."