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Melania Trump Speaks: White House ‘Leadership’ To Blame For Baby Formula Shortage, More

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Former first lady Melania Trump has taken aim at President Joe Biden in her first interview since she and her husband, former President Donald Trump, left the White House.

One of the topics she addressed was what he called the “heartbreaking” nationwide shortage on baby formula.

“It’s been in the news, as someone who loves children and has dedicated so much to their betterment, how do you feel when you see [a] shortage of baby formula and families just struggling to get basic items like that?” host Pete Hegseth said to her in the clip shared by Fox News..

“It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in 21st century, in the United States of America,” she said in an interview with “Fox & Friends Weekend” that is scheduled to air on Sunday.

“Why’s it happening?” the host said.

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“Leadership,” she said in what was an apparent reference to current President Joe Biden and his White House staff.

“I think it’s sad to see what’s going on, if you really look deeply into it,” she said. “I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering, and what is going on around the world as well. So, it’s very sad to see and I hope it changes fast.”

“Leadership, or lack thereof?” the host said, which promoted the former first lady to say, “Yeah.”

She went on to speak about why she believes, as a former model, she was kept off of so many magazine covers as those magazines traditionally showcase first ladies.

“They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” she said. “And I think American people and everyone sees it. It was their decision and I have much more important things to do and I did in the White House than being on the cover of Vogue.”

The interview is likely to be far more interesting than the new book, a biography on the life of first lady Jill Biden titled “Jill: A Biography of the First Lady” penned by Associate Press reporters Julie Pace and Darlene Superville, that sold a humiliatingly low 250 copies, Politico reported.

The tidbit of information was in a story by Politico titled “The Rise and Fall of the Star White House Reporter” that talked about how bored White House reporters are now that former President Donald Trump is not in the White House.

But during the age of Biden, a perch inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room has become something altogether different. It’s become a bore.

Some of those covering the most powerful office on the planet say that the storylines, while important, and substantive, can lack flair or be hard to get viewer attention. There is industry-wide acknowledgment that viewership is down. Television outlets have been quick to turn their attention to other stories and bolster other units. There is a sense that the main saga of American politics is taking place outside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that the journalists covering it — Donald Trump and the future of democracy — may reap the career rewards.

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The Obama press room launched a whole cohort of journalists into media stardom. The Trump press room launched another. The Biden press room?

“I can’t think of any [stars],” a television news executive said to Politico. “I don’t really watch the briefings.”

“Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, which is unfortunate,” one reporter said. “And the work is a lot less rewarding, because you’re no longer saving democracy from Sean Spicer and his Men’s Wearhouse suit. Jawing with Jen just makes you look like an a**hole.”

Imagine anyone thinking that these reporters are not partisan. They really believed that they were saving democracy.

“It’s not such a bad thing that there’s a new sense of sobriety in the White House briefing room,” said former Obama administration deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said. “The histrionics probably got out of control. It is serious business… It’s probably good for democracy for this to be less personality based and more about the work.”

“It’s a boring and difficult job. It’s tough to be a White House correspondent if you want to break news, they’re so airtight,” another reporter said. “There’s no Maggie [Haberman]. Who’s the Maggie of the Biden administration? It doesn’t exist.”

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