Amalija Knavs, the mother of former first lady Melania Trump, has passed away at the age of 78, leaving behind a legacy of strength and grace. The news of her demise was shared by Melania Trump herself in a heartfelt announcement on X, the renowned social media platform. The cause of her death, however, remains undisclosed.
In her emotional tribute, Melania Trump described her mother as a remarkable woman who exuded grace, warmth, and dignity in all aspects of her life. Amalija Knavs was known for her unwavering devotion to her husband, daughters, grandson, and son-in-law. Her presence will be sorely missed, but her memory will be cherished and honored.
During a New Year’s Eve celebration at his extravagant Mar-a-Lago estate, former President Donald Trump revealed that his mother-in-law had been battling a severe illness. At the time, Melania Trump was by her side at a hospital in Miami, providing her with the love and support she needed during her final moments.
Originally hailing from Slovenia, which was then part of communist Yugoslavia, Amalija Knavs worked in the textile industry. Following her husband Viktor, the Knavses immigrated to the United States and frequently made appearances in Washington after their son-in-law assumed the presidency in 2017.
Throughout the Trump administration, the retired couple maintained close ties with the first family, often joining them on trips to Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster, New Jersey. Their presence was a testament to the enduring bond between the Knavses and the Trumps.
In 2018, the Knavses made headlines when they became naturalized U.S. citizens. Their path to citizenship sparked controversy as it was facilitated through the sponsorship of their adult daughter, a visa category that the Trump administration had previously sought to eliminate. This move drew sharp criticism from Donald Trump himself, who frequently denounced family-based migration, often referring to it as “chain migration.”
Melania Trump, who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, holds the distinction of being only the second foreign-born first lady in American history. Her mother’s passing undoubtedly marks a profound loss for both Melania and the entire Trump family, as they navigate this difficult and sorrowful time together.