Everything We Know About Melania Trump’s Parents As They Work to Become U.S. Citizens
Though you might think you’ve read everything about the Trump family, you might be forgetting the lesser-known in-laws. Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, legally live in an unknown location in the U.S. (page 6), and have become a major part of their grandson’s life. They’re just as much a part of the family as Donald Trump’s older children and their spouses.
Here’s everything you need to know about Donald Trump’s mother- and father-in-law.
They first came to the U.S. in 2004
On their first trip to the United States in February 2004, Viktor and Amalija Knavs visited New York City, where Donald and Melania Trump met, and Mar-a-Lago, one of Donald Trump’s luxury resorts.
Next: Did Donald Trump invite the Knavses to the U.S. for a reason?
Donald Trump may have asked their permission to marry their daughter
Melania Trump’s parents may have given their future son-in-law their blessing to marry his then-girlfriend. He proposed to her shortly after their visit, at the 2004 Met Gala — an event he is never allowed to attend again.
Next: Donald Trump and his wife’s parents have something unexpected in common.
They’re basically the same age as their son-in-law
Melania’s husband and parents have at least one unexpected thing in common: they’re all in their 70s. Donald Trump was born in 1946. Melania’s father was born in 1944, and her mother in 1945.
Next: As relatives of the Trumps by marriage, they get to do a lot of traveling.
They go where the Trump family goes
Donald Trump and his immediate family spend a lot of time outside the White House — and Melania’s parents often join in the fun. The Knavs requently vacation with the first family, accompanying them on trips to Mar-a-Lago
Next: They have a very close relationship with one of Donald Trump’s sons.
They speak with their grandson in their native language
Donald and Melania Trump’s son, Barron, learned to speak Slovenian, his grandparents’ and mother’s native language at a young age. He reportedly communicates with them primarily in that language whenever they’re together.
Next: Their living arrangements might be a secret.
No one knows exactly where in the U.S. they’re living
The Knavs’ immigration lawyer isn’t technically allowed to disclose where they’re living — but the public has narrowed down a few possibilities. They could still be in the Trump Tower penthouse. They could also reside in the White House with their daughter and grandson.
Next: They aren’t citizens yet, but are they living here legally?
They’re living in the U.S. thanks to green cards
Melania Trump’s parents hold green cards, which means they’re lawful permanent residents, not U.S. citizens — yet. Permanent residents don’t have the right to vote or run for office, but they’re free to live and work anywhere in the country like citizens can.
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