Melania Trump said she had not been previously married when she wed Donald Trump in 2005, according to the couple's marriage license application. The document, requested by Univision News from Florida's Bureau of Vital Statistics, leaves open the question of how Trump's wife got her permanent residency in the United States.
The marriage license application contains a contradiction that may have been the result of a reading comprehension error. In box 32, Melania answered no to the question asking if she had ever been married. But in section 33A, which must only be filled in by those who have had previous marriages, she wrote that she had one.
Trump's campaign hasn't revealed how Melania got her green card, and modeling agent Paolo Zampolli, who hired Melania in the mid-nineties in New York, told Univision that he doesn't know.
But Michael Wildes, a former attorney for the Trump organization, told Univision last week that he couldn't rule out the possibility that she got her residency through a previous marriage.
“Ms. Trump received citizenship in 2006 and prior to that she had a green card based on marriage,” he said in a recorded interview by phone. “Before that, she had a work visa and was in full compliance on her visas and never disrespected any of them. That has been made clear to me.”
He later revised his initial statement to Univision, saying he had no knowledge of her green card filing as he did not personally handle it.
Melania, who was born in Slovenia, married Trump in January 2005 after meeting him in 1998 through Zampolli. Doubts arose about Melania's immigration process after nude photos were published from an early modeling shoot, suggesting that she had begun working in the United States earlier than previously known.
Immigration is one of the pillars of Trump's campaign; he pledged to deport all undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s campaign declined to answers request for comment when Univision sent request by phone and email.