WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump’s former modeling agent says the wife of the GOP presidential nominee obtained a work visa before she modelled professionally in the U.S. in the mid-1990s.
The comments from Paolo Zampolli (POW’-loh zam-POH’-lee) appeared to back up her statements as recently as Thursday that she adhered to U.S. immigration laws as she went from a Slovenian model years later to an American citizen.
Questions emerged this week over Melania Trump’s remarks that were inconsistent with U.S. immigration rules. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has repeatedly declined to clarify her comments, discuss her immigration history in detail or provide any paperwork that would put the issue to rest.
Zampolli says he secured the visa allowing Trump, who in the mid-1990s was named Melania Knauss, to work legally in the United States.