Remembering Amalija Knavs

Remembering Amalija Knavs

Trump Family Mourns the Loss of Melania's Beloved Mother


On January 18, Melania Trump bid farewell to her beloved mother, Amalija, who sadly passed away at the age of 78. As the media captured moments from the funeral, one thing that caught everyone’s attention was Barron Trump’s remarkable height. People couldn’t stop talking about how much he has grown since they last saw him.



Even Donald J. Trump, Barron’s father, jokingly attributed his son’s towering stature to Amalija’s cooking skills. According to him, her delicious meals played a significant role in Barron’s exceptional growth. Some reports now claim that Barron stands at an impressive 6 feet 7 inches tall.

Remembering Amalija Knavs | Melania Trump at an Event

Melania’s absence from Donald Trump’s recent campaign events has raised eyebrows among supporters and critics alike. News of her mother’s passing explains her absence and sheds light on the difficult time her family is going through. It’s evident that Melania is prioritizing her role as a daughter and taking care of her grieving father during this challenging period.

Donald Trump Offers an Explanation | Melania Supports Her Mother at the Hospital

During a New Year’s Eve event, Donald Trump revealed the reason behind Melania’s absence, sharing that Amalija is currently battling a serious illness. Trump expressed his concern for his mother-in-law and praised Melania’s dedication to her family. The former president acknowledged Melania’s popularity and the people’s love for her, wishing her mother a speedy recovery.

Donald Trump Fails to Thank Melania | Concerns for Amalija Knavs

This heartfelt statement from Trump reflects the genuine love and care the Trump family has for Amalija. Melania’s commitment to her mother’s well-being is evident as she remains by her side at the hospital. The Trumps are hopeful that Amalija will overcome her health struggles and make a quick recovery.

Family Stays Strong During this Difficult Time | Melania and Amalija Trump at Mar-a-Lago


Despite her public status as a former First Lady, Melania Trump’s desire to live a private life away from the spotlight is well-known. She values her family and cherishes their time together, especially during challenging moments like these. The Trumps have been living together at Mar-a-Lago, offering support and strength to one another.

Melania Trump's Desire for Privacy | A Picture of Serenity

While Melania has experienced the demands and expectations of being the First Lady, she embraces the opportunity to focus on her family and their well-being. The love and devotion she shows towards her parents, husband, children, and grandchildren are a testament to her character and the values she holds dear.

As we remember Amalija Knavs, let us honor her legacy and send our thoughts and best wishes to the Trump family during this difficult time.


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Melania Trump remembers her ‘beloved’ mother

Palm Beach, Florida: Former US first lady Melania Trump remembered her mother as “a ray of light in the darkest of days” during a funeral service at a church not far from the family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Melania said she always found peace in the presence of her mother, Amalija Knavs, 78, and that her mother was always there to listen.

Remembering Amalija Knavs
Former president Donald Trump stands behind his wife Melania as she watches pallbearers carry the coffin of her mother, Amalija Knavs.CREDIT:AP

“In her presence, the world seemed to shimmer with radiance and joy,” she said during a eulogy as her husband, former president Donald Trump, sat nearby. “Our bond was unbreakable.”

She said her mother celebrated her family’s triumphs and supported them during difficult times.

She would remember the laughter that accompanied travels with her mother, father and sister and “conversations that flowed effortlessly with grace and charm”.

“Rest in peace my beloved mother,” she said before stepping down from the pulpit.

Amalija Knavs, mother of former first lady Melania Trump in 2017.
Amalija Knavs, mother of former first lady Melania Trump in 2017.CREDIT:AP

She then stood in front of her mother’s casket, touched her fingers to her lips and placed them on the casket.

Among the guests who arrived before the start of the private service for Knavs at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea were two of Donald Trump’s children from previous marriages, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump; Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner; and Republican US Senators Rick Scott of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The church is where Trump and his wife were married in 2005. Knavs died January 9 in Miami after an undisclosed illness.

At midmorning, a hearse pulled up in front of the church followed by an SUV carrying the Melania and Donald Trump and two other vehicles with their Secret Service detail. Wearing a black dress and sunglasses, Melania and her father, Viktor Knavs, led a procession up to the church, followed by the former president and their son, Barron.

Former president Donald Trump, centre right, stands with Melania as the coffin carrying the remains of her mother is carried into the church for her funeral, in Palm Beach, Florida.
Former president Donald Trump, centre right, stands with Melania as the coffin carrying the remains of her mother is carried into the church for her funeral, in Palm Beach, Florida.CREDIT:AP

They then waited on the steps of the church as the coffin was lifted from the hearse and taken into the church.

After the service, a priest waved an urn of incense and a man held up a cross as the coffin was carried out of the church, followed by Melania Trump and her father, and then Donald Trump and their son, Barron.

After the coffin was placed in the hearse, the former president and first lady exchanged pleasantries with the priest. Donald Trump led his wife to an SUV with her father, and then he got into a separate vehicle.

Former President Donald Trump stands behind his wife Melania as she watches a priest wave incense around the coffin of her late mother Amalija Knavs.
Former President Donald Trump stands behind his wife Melania as she watches a priest wave incense around the coffin of her late mother Amalija Knavs.CREDIT:AP

During the Trump presidency, Knavs lived in New York along with her husband and occasionally appeared at the White House. Amalija Knavs was at a 2018 ceremony where the first lady debuted her “Be Best” public awareness campaign to help children.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, and her older sister, Ines, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule as part of Yugoslavia. Amalija Knavs was a textile worker and homemaker, while her husband worked as chauffeur before becoming a car dealer.

The former first lady, 53, attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modelling. She settled in New York in 1996 and met Trump in 1998.

She sponsored her parents’ immigration to the United States, and they became citizens at a New York City courthouse in 2018, while Trump was president.

Their lawyer said at the time that they applied for citizenship on their own and didn’t get any special treatment.

Donald Trump spent Tuesday and Wednesday attending a defamation trial in New York to determine how much he owes former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll for publicly disparaging her after she accused him of rape.

Trump’s lawyers had asked the judge to delay the trial for a day to allow him to attend the funeral, but that request was denied. Trump chose to skip Thursday’s court session rather than miss the funeral or move it to Friday when the trial isn’t scheduled to be in session.

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