Trump made the comparison between his wife and the iconic first lady when defending his decision to paint the new Air Force One red, white and blue, replacing the baby blue color scheme picked by Kennedy Onassis in the 1960s.
“It was Jackie O and that’s good. But we have our own Jackie O today, it’s called Melania. Melania. We’ll call it Melania T, OK?” Trump said during an phone interview on “Fox & Friends.”
The president said the first lady is a big hit among his supporters, in part because of how she dresses.
“When I go speak in big crowds — we have tremendous crowds and so many people are holding up banners, you know, ‘we love our first lady,’ ‘we love high heels,’” Trump said.
A 2014 Siena poll of historians and scholars found that Kennedy Onassis was ranked the third best first lady in history, behind Eleanor Roosevelt and Abigail Adams.
Melania Trump’s approval ratings have hovered in the mid-to-high 40s, according to recent polls.