Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Twenty-seven Republican Governors have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last week.

“In the wake of this recent tragedy,” the letter reads, “and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refguees.” On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation that would bring the refugee program to a halt, but President Obama has vowed to veto the bill.

“For years we have been proud to welcome refugees into our communities in their pursuit of a better life and future,” the letter from the Governors added. “However, we are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry our [last] Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris.”

The governors cited FBI Director James Comey’s admission that certain aspects of the current vetting system are inadequate to thoroughly vet the number of refugees Obama has pledged to admit to the U.S.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump seems to have it all. He’s expanded his real estate company into a multibillion-dollar Trump brand, had a long-running reality TV series and behind the scenes, he has a supportive family — his three eldest children all work for his company, The Trump Organization.

But there is one thing he doesn’t have.

“The one thing that I want right now is the presidency because I don’t want it for myself,” he told Barbara Walters. “I don’t need it for myself, for my ego. I just think I’d do a great job.”

Donald Trump, his wife Melania and four of his children all sat down with Barbara Walters for an interview on ABC News’ 20/20 to talk about their family, home life, and how they feel about Trump’s run for the White House.

Here are some of the biggest highlights from Walters’ interview with the Trump family:

1. Donald Trump Considered Going to Film School

As a child, Trump said his first fantasy was to become a baseball player.

“Catcher, first base, but, you know, might have been able to do it but in those days you got paid $2, right?” he said, laughing.

But his other fantasy from growing up, he said, was that in high school and early college he thought he wanted to make movies.

“I was going to apply to the university — to USC [University of Southern California], the movie school, which was one of the great movie schools and I decided not to,” he said. “I decided to go into the real estate business.”

2. Donald Trump Recalls When He Decided to Run for President

Trump has flirted with running for president multiple times over the years, but said the first time he seriously considered it was in 2012.

“The time I really thought about it [running for president] was last time when Mitt Romney ran, and he ran and I decided not to do it,” Trump told Walters. “I had a lot of obligations. I was– signed a contract with The Apprentice, and I had a lot of buildings under construction, I was doing a lot of things. It was sort of difficult to do it then.”

“Now, I’m perfect,” Trump continued. “It’s perfect, although I gave up two seasons of The Apprentice to do it.”

3. Donald Trump Thinks of Himself as a ‘Unifier’

“I am a nice person, but I think the thing that will surprise people, I’ll be a unifier,” he said. “I think I’ll bring people together, and that includes blacks and whites and everything. I think people will come together.”

4. Donald Trump on Immigration and Building a Wall on the US-Mexico Border

“We have to build a wall,” Trump told Walters. “We have to create a border. We have to have a wall. We’re going to have a wall. It’s going to be a real wall, not a little wall that they drive trucks with drugs over the top of it.”

“And it’s not going to be hard to build,” Trump added. “It’s got to be done, hey, who’s better at building than me? I know exactly what to do.”

Trump has come under fire for disparaging remarks he has made about immigrants. In his immigration reform plan he rolled out in August, Trump calls for the deportation of millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. and called for the end to birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants.

In his interview with Walters, Trump said when it comes to undocumented immigrants, he wants to deport the whole “family unit,” men, women and children.

“The people that are here legally, Hispanics, like me because they don’t want people coming in and taking their jobs,” he said.

When asked if he spoke Spanish, Trump said, “This is an English-speaking country, remember?”

Trump has also been very vocal about wanting to ban all Syrian refugees from coming into the U.S.

“We have no idea who the people are,” Trump said. They have no papers. They have no paperwork. You can get forged documents very easily in Syria… “We have no idea who they’re letting into our country and our country has enough problems.”

5. Donald Trump on Going After ISIS

In the wake of the Paris attacks, France launched a series of airstrikes on ISIS targets in eastern Syria. The French Ministry of Defense announced it had dropped 20 bombs on ISIS’s de facto capital Raqqa just hours after the attacks.

The U.S., which launched a coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq last year and expanded its campaign to Syria in September, also sent FBI agents to Paris to help with the terrorist investigation.

When asked if the U.S. should declare war on ISIS, Donald Trump said, “I think so.”

“Right now, we’re being so politically correct, nice and gentle, nice and gentle,” he said. “Right now they’re getting people who have this great respect for ISIS because ISIS is getting away with murder. They’re knocking out airplanes, they’re knocking out night clubs in Paris… you can’t let that happen.”

“You got to take them out swiftly and strongly,” he continued. “These people are crazy, OK? These people are crazy.”

If he were in the White House today, Trump said, “I would be saying, ‘Let’s go folks.’”

“I’m the most militaristic person,” he added. “I will make our military so strong and so powerful, nobody is going to mess with us.”

6. What Donald Trump Will Do If He Loses the Republican Nomination

If Trump doesn’t win the Republican nomination for president, he said he would go back to what he was doing before.

“Everyone says, ‘Oh you’ll never lose.’ Look, you can always lose,” he told Walters. “You’re going against people that are senators and governors, they’re not stupid people. You can lose the nomination, you can lose the election. What’s next? I go back to what I doing.”

“I loved what I was doing,” he added. “I love doing it. To be honest with you. I’ve built a great company, but this [the presidency] is just a greater calling… But I think this is just a greater calling I mean, this is the ultimate calling.”

7. Donald and Melania Trump on Their Marriage

Melania Trump was born in Slovenia when it was still part of Yugoslavia. She went to university to study architecture when she was discovered at age 17 by a major fashion photographer and moved to New York City.

It was at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998 that she met Donald Trump.

“He was very charming and… we had a great sparkle,” Melania told Walters. “He came with a date, so he asked me for the number and I said… ‘I will not give you my number, so if you give me your numbers I will call you.’”

“He was known as kind of a lady’s man,” she continued, laughing. “But, we had great chemistry the first time.”

“We’ve had great chemistry ever since,” added Donald Trump.

When they got married in 2005, Melania was Trump’s third wife and he already had four children from two previous marriages. His first wife was Ivana Zelnickova until the couple divorced in 1992, and then he married actress Marla Maples a year later. They called it quits in 1999.

Now having been married to Melania for 10 years, Donald Trump said what makes this marriage different for him is the benefit of time.

“I’ve gone through tremendous amounts of everything, deals and building companies and taking care of people,” he told Walters. “It hurts a marriage because you’re working all the time… what I did is I worked so hard that I think it was a very, very hard thing for somebody to compete with.”

Melania said she didn’t have any concerns about her husband being married twice before.

“We have great chemistry,” she said. “To be with a man as my husband is — you need to know who you are… you need to have a very independent life as well and supporting him, you need to be very smart and quick, and be there for him when he needs you.”

Melania said she has been absent from the campaign trail so she can stay home with her and Donald’s son, 9-year-old Barron, and admits Donald being away on the campaign trail has been tough.

“When he comes home we spend time together, two of us, or two of us and Barron, and– just spending home and be at home, because that’s a really quality time together,” she said.

8. Melania Trump on What Kind of First Lady She Would Be

If Donald Trump wins the presidency, Melania Trump will be the first foreign-born First Lady since John Quincy Adams wife, Louisa, and she would be the first to have posed in revealing photos for magazines like Sports Illustrated.

But Melania said she doesn’t believe her past modeling career is a liability to her husband’s image.

“I think people will always judge, and maybe they will say, ‘Oh, the past that you have, the way you were modeling,’ That’s part of the job that I was doing,” Melania told Walters. “I was a very successful model and I did some photo shoots.”

“If I’m lucky enough to win… the public will be so lucky to Melania as the First Lady,” Trump added. “She will be so beautiful and elegant and good from the heart.”

When asked what sort of causes she would take up as First Lady, Melania said she is already involved in “many, many charities.”

“Many different charities involving children, involving many different disasters,” she said. “If the time comes I will choose what is dearest to my heart.”

9. Donald Trump’s Children on What He Taught Them About Privilege

Four of Donald Trump’s five children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump, talked with Barbara Walters about what they see in the man they all call Dad. Trump’s youngest, his 9-year-old son Barron with Melania Trump, did not attend the interview because he was at school.

The four eldest all said that their father had pushed them to work hard since they were little.

“We refer to it as ‘The Trump Guilt,’ when we wake up on Saturday and we’re not working,” Donald Jr., 37, said, laughing. “To say we weren’t spoiled would be laughable, but we were spoiled with great education, great experiences.”

“We weren’t the kids showing up to college with, you know, a Ferrari. That was not the way we were brought up,” he continued. “We always had to sort of earn whatever it is that we wanted. And that drive, I think, prevented us from doing a lot of the other things that you’ve seen as, you know, downfalls, perhaps, in other children who have similar circumstances.”

Ivanka, 34, agreed and said their father had taught them “since birth” that they “were lucky to have been afforded” such a luxurious lifestyle.

“He was the first to tell us how privileged we are. And with that privilege how much responsibility we had to really sort of earn,” she said.

“Well, that’s the right word ,’earn,’ added Eric Trump, 31. “I mean, he made us work. … we were on construction sites, and we were working, and at the end of the day, you were tired, and you earned minimum wage, and you’d take that money that you had and you’d go out and spend it on something good.”

10. The One Thing Donald Trump’s Kids Say Their Dad Needs to Work On

Trump’s children have long said they are his biggest cheerleaders. Although their dad has been criticized for the remarks he has made about immigrants, women, including commenting on GOP rival Carly Fiorina’s looks, Trump’s children say there is nothing their father has said on the campaign trail or at the GOP debates that have bothered them.

“He’s not a big believer in P.C. culture where every statement you make you have to vet very carefully through thousands of people,” Donald Jr. said. “But if people really break down what he’s trying to say, there’s no malice in there. He’s just cutting through the nonsense and getting to the point and not wasting time. That’s what he does.”

“He’s true to himself,” added Tiffany Trump, 22. “And he speaks in a way that the average person can understand. I think that’s refreshing for everyone.”

The only thing Ivanka and Donald Jr., would say is that their dad loves McDonald’s and they wished he would eat healthier and maybe slow down.

“Sometimes I tell him, like, ‘Oh, you have to, you know, slow down,’” Ivanka said. “But it’s the only speed he knows, and I kind of love that about him.”

11. What Donald Trump’s Children Think of Him as a Grandfather

Donald Trump has seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 8 years old to 17 months, with one on the way.

Donald Jr., who was married in 2005, has five kids of his own, while Ivanka, who was married in 2009, has two children and is pregnant with her third, and both said Grandpa Trump has been great with the little kids.

“He’s at a different stage in his life,” Donald Jr., said of his dad. “He’s able to relax a little bit more and be a grandfather. I can see my kids just running up to him and giving a hug… They just respect him a lot.”

Ivanka joked that her children already have started to take after their grandfather.

“A few months ago… we’re walking down the street, and my daughter sees a large pot hole in the middle of a New York City street… And she goes, ‘Mom, Grandpa would not like that,’” Ivanka said. “So it’s very cute… and she’s 4. So she’s observed him.”

Donald Jr., said his youngest sibling, 9-year-old Barron, has also bonded with his children.

“He’s very close to my 8-year-old and my almost 7-year-old,” Donald Jr., said. “They have a great relationship. So it’s almost — we joke, ‘you have to really respect your uncle,’ even though there’s a one year difference,” so that drives my kids crazy… But they play almost as though they’re, you know, cousins or brothers and sisters.”

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ABC/Randy Sager(SAN FRANCISCO) — Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie was traveling on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston Friday morning when another passenger was removed from the flight, causing at least a four hour delay.

“United Airlines is working to accommodate customers of flight 1108 to Boston after the flight was delayed in San Francisco due to a disruptive customer on board,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement.

Two sources tell ABC News the person in question refused to obey crew instructions as the plane was taxiing. The passenger was taking pictures, not seated and not obeying crew instructions so a decision was made to return to the gate.

In a statement, Christie campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella said Christie was with an aide and a member of his security detail at the time.

“At no point did Governor Christie interact with this passenger nor did this passenger pose a verbal or physical threat to the Governor,” the statement said.

The Christie campaign wouldn’t answer any further questions and instead said all inquiries should be directed to United.

On my way to #Newsgeist, spotted @ChrisChristie at San Francisco airport.

— Moiz Syed (@MoizSyed) November 20, 2015

One of the passengers on board, David Berlind, told ABC News that the passengers were told over the PA system that the plane had to return to the gate.

Berlind added that “passengers sat on the plane for a while when people came on board and checked bathrooms and overhead bins.”

Christie had been in California fundraising.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have condemned Donald Trump for his recent statements suggesting the United States should start a database registry of Muslims.

In an interview with NBC News, Trump was asked if a database tracking Muslims in the country was something he would implement if elected president. “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said.

Trump subsequently tweeted that he never called for such an idea, and that the NBC reporter imposed it on him.

I didn’t suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich posted a tweet decrying that idea:

.@JohnKasich‘s statement on @realDonaldTrump‘s call for forced religious-based registration with the federal gov’t

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 20, 2015

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders voiced their opposition on social media, with Clinton calling the idea “shocking” and Sanders calling the statement “outrageous and bigoted.”

This is shocking rhetoric. It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2015

What an outrageous and bigoted statement. @realDonaldTrump should be ashamed of himself.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 20, 2015

Ted Cruz, who has mostly stayed away from engaging Trump this election season, rejected the idea of registries as a whole, saying they violated First Amendment rights, according to Politico.

Ben Carson called for a database for all foreigners entering the United States, not just Muslims.

If we don’t have a way to monitor every foreign person entering this country, then we are being negligent in our duty to protect America.

— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 20, 2015

He later noted that singling out Muslims would be a “dangerous” precedent. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to treat anybody differently,” he said in New Hampshire after filing for the state’s primary. ”One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same. So if we are just going to pick out a particular group of people based on religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that’s setting a pretty dangerous precedent I believe.”

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ABC News(WAHSINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is being sued by the co-writer of the song “Eye of the Tiger” after the song was used at a rally that the former governor spoke at when Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis was released from jail back in September. Davis spent a week in jail after refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.

The former Arkansas governor told ABC News in Iowa that he was stunned by the lawsuit.

“The lawsuit makes it sound like I went and picked out music to say ‘hey, play this song,’ and obviously that didn’t happen,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee said his campaign made an effort to avoid the lawsuit, but believes the plaintiff in the suit, Rude Music Inc., which is owned by the guitarist Frankie Sullivan of the band Survivor, is trying to get publicity off of this.

“When the person made a complaint, there was an offer made to pay him and issue an apology,” said the presidential candidate, who continues to struggle in the polls and was demoted to the undercard debate in Milwaukee. “We don’t want to run somebody’s music who hates my guts. I get that.”

The lawsuit alleges that the Kentucky rally where Huckabee called Davis “incredibly brave” and told the crowd “we cannot criminalize the Christian faith” was a campaign appearance and that Huckabee himself allowed the Grammy award-winning song to be played. Huckabee said he wonders whether Sullivan has something against conservatives.

“Unfortunately, this person seems to be more interested in suing us for an amount of money more than the average American worker makes in a year and it just seems a very vindictive and almost unbelievable kind of thing to do,” Huckabee told ABC New on Thursday at a campaign event in Centerville, Iowa.

Sullivan’s representatives did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The 1982 song “Eye of the Tiger” is famous for being the theme to the movie Rocky III and is often played at sporting events.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ben Carson and Donald Trump find themselves atop the polls in Iowa with 75 days to the caucus using a similar strategy that doesn’t include the traditional retail politicking or visiting all 99 counties.

But Trump has been the frontrunner in Iowa for almost four months whereas Carson’s rise has come during a period where he hasn’t campaigned in the state in a month and a half.

“We’re competing everywhere. Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada, you name it,” Carson’s Iowa State Director Ryan Rhodes told ABC News.

Carson returns to Iowa on Friday and then Sunday for his first visit since Oct. 1 besides one day of book tour stops. The majority of his events and speeches have centered around faith and his upcoming visit will be no different.

“He shares his faith and it has allowed Iowans to see his heart and how that has helped shape him,” Rhodes said. “But Iowa is especially important to the Carson campaign because of the large number of evangelical Christians who vote, 42 percent of Republican caucus goers in 2012.”

Carson is set to attend a social conservative presidential forum Friday in Des Moines, appealing to evangelical Christians and then visit two churches on Sunday.

When Carson was last in Iowa, he found himself behind frontrunner Donald Trump in the polls. But a Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa Republicans released on Oct. 22 had Carson eight percentage-points ahead of Trump. A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll and a Monmouth University poll released shortly after produced similar results. The most recent poll conducted by CNN/ORC released on Nov. 6 had Trump up by two points, so the race remains close.

But how has the former neurosurgeon managed to build momentum?

“It’s the interviews and the debates and the news conferences,” said Carson supporter Barb Clayton of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Clayton has only seen Carson in person once back in May with 2,000 other Republicans at the Iowa GOP’s Lincoln Dinner. But she told ABC News she didn’t even notice he hasn’t been in the state because of all the media coverage.

“He’s very intelligent and that comes through in what he says and how he says it. He can relate to everyday people and he’s also become more knowledgeable on many subjects form the economy to National security,” Clayton said.

Though Carson’s time in Iowa doesn’t come close to Rick Santorum’s 66 days, his campaign’s strategy is clearly working with TV ads, billboards, visits by his wife Candy and a presence at Sunday church services with the Carson campaign bus as the main attraction.

“We stop at a church that’s willing to have us and following church, there’s usually food and banquet time so we cook burgers, hot dogs, and brats for them,” said Rhodes, who founded the Iowa Tea Party and worked for Michele Bachmann’s campaign for the 2012 caucus. “We answer questions about Dr. Carson and let them know we’re part of the Iowa community and the faith community.”

Rhodes said Carson is excited to return to Iowa on Friday and plans to “be back a lot in December.” The more Iowans hear Carson’s life story, the more they seem to be attracted to him and Rhodes said the key to his appeal is “he’s not a politician” worried about being “politically correct.”

Clayton said that if the caucus were tomorrow, she’d vote for Carson, but the small business owner does have some reservations.

“The last couple of elections I watched my candidate drop out after Iowa so I’m making sure I’m studying everyone. I want to pick a winner,” Clayton told ABC News, referring to her votes for Mike Huckabee and Santorum, who won the Iowa caucus in 2008 and 2012, respectively, but couldn’t secure the nomination.

Like many Iowans, Clayton said she’s proud of her state’s “first in the nation” status in the lead-up to the general election. She just hopes whoever Iowa sends on, whether it’s Carson or someone else, will be able to go the distance.

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) — Bernie Sanders finally delivered a much-anticipated speech on his unique political affiliation — Democratic Socialism — hoping to address the skeptics and embrace the word that has stigmatized his candidacy since day one.

At times, his defense of the term focused on specific policy proposals, but he also used the moment to reiterate sweeping aspirations, and economic and social equality in the country.

Sanders argued that “true freedom does not occur without economic security.”

“People are not truly free when they are unable to feed their family,” he said before a crowd at Georgetown University. “They are not truly free when they are unable to retire with dignity. People are not truly free when they are unemployed.”

This belief that the country should strive for economic justice and freedom from poverty, he argued, was shared by President Franklin Roosevelt, who argued in his 1944 State of the Union speech that Americans should be entitled to health care, education and a basic standard of living.

Sanders joked about the negative connotation of the word “socialist” in the United States.

“I don’t believe government should take over the grocery store down the street or own the means of production,” he said. “But I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of this country deserve a decent standard of living and that their incomes should go up and not down.”

He insisted he wasn’t some “crazy-eyed” socialist, but said his proposals — from equal pay for women to free tuition at public universities — are “widely popular” and all fit under his umbrella of democratic socialism.

Sanders talked extensively about health care in particular.

“All over the world, countries have made the determination that all of their people are entitled to health care and I believe the time is long overdue for the U.S. to join the rest of the world,” he said. “I hope all of you know this is not a radical idea, but a conservative idea. It is an idea that exists in every other major country on earth.”

Sanders conceded that a Democratic socialist system would include higher taxes and more taxes for corporations and the country’s wealthy elite, in addition to expanded social programs.

“It’s time we had democratic socialism for working families, not just Wall Street, billionaires and large corporations,” he said. “It means that we should not be providing huge tax breaks for the wealth people in this country.”

Last, the progressive who has campaigned on the need for a “political revolution,” said that Democratic socialism is, in his view, democratic.

“Democratic socialism, to me, does not just mean that we must create a nation of economic and social justice. It also means that we must create a vibrant democracy based on the principle of one person, one vote,” he added.

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ABC News(NEWTON, Iowa) — Donald Trump wants to track Muslims in the United States in a database, an idea that has drawn comparisons to Nazi Germany.

“I would certainly implement that, absolutely,” Trump told NBC News at a campaign stop in Iowa Thursday evening.

The Republican front-runner told Yahoo News earlier Thursday that he would consider creating such a database.

“We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” he said. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Trump told NBC that he wouldn’t stop at just creating a database, though he didn’t specify what other systems he’d like to implement.

“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems.”

Republican rival and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush condemned Trump’s proposal.

“I find it abhorrent that Donald Trump is suggesting that we register people,” Bush said. “That haunts back to a time that no one wants to go back to.”

Trump has previously said he would shut down some mosques in the United States in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris if deemed necessary.

“There’s absolutely no choice,” Trump told FOX News this week of the possibility of closing mosques. “Some really bad things are happening and they’re happening fast. Certainly a lot faster than our president understands because he doesn’t understand anything.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Since Donald Trump announced in June he was making a run for the White House, his wife Melania Trump has been conspicuously absent from the campaign trail.

Sitting beside her husband, Melania Trump told Barbara Walters in an interview for ABC News’ 20/20 that the reason she has stayed behind is to be with their 9-year-old son Barron at home in New York City.

“It’s my choice not to be there [on the campaign trail],” Melania, 45, told Walters. “I support my husband 100 percent, but … we have a 9-year-old son together, Barron, and I’m raising him.”

“This is the age he needs a parent at home,” she added.

When Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul and former reality TV series host, told his wife he wanted to run for president, Melania said they discussed it at length and she encouraged him to run.

“I encouraged him because I know what he will do and what he can do for America,” she said. “He loves the American people and he wants to help them.”

But while she’s not out on the trail, Melania said she stays involved in her husband’s campaign behind-the-scenes. She told Walters she shares her opinions with him when he has participated in the GOP debates.

“She’s told me a couple of times during the debate, she was very happy with my performances, if you would want to call them a performance,” Donald Trump said. “But she said, ‘you could tone it down a little bit on occasion,’ which I understand.”

Melania, who was born in Slovenia, is Donald Trump’s third wife. He had previously been married to Ivana Zelnícková until they divorced in 1992, and then he married actress Marla Maples a year later until they called it quits in 1999. He and Melania were married in 2005, and after 10 years together, the couple says they see each other as equals.

“We have a very, very — pretty much equal relationship,” Donald said.

But being the wife of a presidential candidate isn’t easy. Donald Trump has come under fire on the campaign trail and at the GOP debates for his views on immigration and for making disparaging remarks about women, including commenting on GOP rival Carly Fiorina’s looks.

Watching her husband be criticized is “unpleasant,” Melania said. “But I know I can handle it.”

The biggest untruth about her husband, she said, is the perception that he’s “nasty.”

“He’s not,” Melania said. “He has a big heart and [a] very warm heart. You see who he is on the campaign trail all the time and on television, and I think — you know America needs a strong leader and a tough leader and [he] knows what he’s doing.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump has said managing a multibillion-dollar real estate company meant he was often away from his children as they were growing up, but his kids told Barbara Walters they all have fond memories of spending time with their father on the job.

“We grew up walking construction sites,” Ivanka Trump, 34, told Walters in an interview for ABC News 20/20. “He found a way that was true to him to connect with us that maybe is a little less traditional because he was working so hard…and we are so comfortable in our relationship with our father.”

“He would always sneak me down to get a candy bar in the lobby,” added Tiffany Trump, 22. “Our times together were learning, playing in his office.”

Donald Trump’s four eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, spoke with Walters about what it was like growing up with their dad and what they think about his presidential run. Trump’s youngest, his 9-year-old son Barron, did not attend the interview because he was at school.

Trump’s three adult children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric, all work in their father’s company, The Trump Organization, as Executive Vice Presidents. His eldest son said he remembers their father stopping whatever he was doing to take phone calls from them.

“Regardless of what he was doing, regardless of who he was meeting with, if we called, he took the phone,” said Donald Trump, Jr., 37. “When we were 6 years old, I would call. He would be negotiating with a CEO of a major bank or whatever it may be, and he would make them wait. He’d take the call from us.”

When asked which of the kids is most like their father, Donald, Jr., said: “It’s actually very scary. We can go to Thanksgiving, right, and we can all — we’ll sit there and pick at” —“

“Answer the same questions, using the exact same words in the same sequence,” finished Eric Trump, 31.

That constant banter between them, the similar turn-of-phrase among siblings, are what Ivanka called “Trumpisms.”

“But in fairness,” she added. “I think we’re all like him in very different ways.”

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