Melania Trump reveals why she avoided joining Donald on his presidential campaign

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Melania Trump's husband, Donald Trump, might be making a big splash in politics as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential race, but the former model isn't as inclined to go public with her personal views.

"I'm choosing not to go political in public because that is my husband's job," she told Harper's Bazaar in the magazine's February issue, hitting newsstands on Jan. 19. "I'm very political in private life, and between me and my husband I know everything that is going on."

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'I follow from A to Z," she continued. "But I chose not to be on the campaign. I made that choice. I have my own mind. I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me."

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Though she has stayed mum on most issues, Melania did touch on one major issue at the forefront of her husband's campaign: Immigration. Born in Slovenia, the jewelry designer became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006.

"I followed the rules," she said. "I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here. It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law."

Melania has remained relatively behind-the-scenes for the majority of Donald's presidential campaign, save for a handful of campaign appearances and a sit-down with Barbara Walters, during which she advised her husband to "tone it down during debates."

"I give him my opinions, and sometimes he takes them in, and sometimes he does not," she elaborated in the magazine. "Do I agree with him all the time? No. I think it is good for a healthy relationship. I am not a 'yes' person. No matter who you are married to, you still need to lead your life. I don't want to change him."

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Melania Knauss and Donald Trump sit ringside for the Lennox Lewis-Michael Grant WBC/IBF Heavyweight Championship fight Saturday, April 29, 2000, at New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York mayoral hopeful Michael Bloomberg, real estate developer Donald Trump, and model Melania Knauss chat together at the Bloomberg pre-dinner party for the White House Correspondent's DInner at the Washington Hilton, Saturday April 28, 2001 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Bloomberg, John Harrington)
Donald Trump, left, watches a match between Roger Federer, of Switzerland, and Robby Ginepri, of the USA, with model Melania Knauss at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Melania Knauss, left, and Donald Trump arrive at the opening night party for Britney Spears' restaurant Nyla, at the Dylan Hotel in New York, Thursday, June 27, 2002. (AP Photo/John-Marshall Mantel)
**FILE**Donald Trump and Melania Knauss pose as they arrive for a charity event on board the Queen Mary 2 on April 24, 2004 in New York. The couple weds Saturday evening, Jan. 22, 2005, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Melania Trump poses for pictures as she arrives at the Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Monday , May 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Photo by: Mitch Gerber/ �2005 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 6/23/05 Donald Trump and Melania Knauss at the premiere of "War of the Worlds". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Knauss wait for the start of the showing of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2006 collection, Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Donald Trump with his wife Melania arrive at The Jazz at Lincoln Center for a gala event celebrating Qatar Airways' inaugural flights to New York, Thursday, June 28, 2007, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Melania Trump attend a screening of "The Duchess" hosted by The Cinema Society, Chanel and Vogue in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Melania Trump attends The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit honoring Baz Luhrmann on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Melania Trump arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Melania Trump attends the 'Dressed To Kilt' fashion show to benefit the Friends of Scotland Organization at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the premiere of "Tower Heist" on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Melania Trump arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Monday, May 7, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
"Celebrity Apprentice" host Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive for the NBC network upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall, Monday, May 14, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Melania Trump pose for photos at a news conference, in New York, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 15, 2015: Donald Trump and Melania Trump pictured in the Spin Room at the CNN GOP Debate at The Venetain Resort in Las vegas, NV on December 15, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the stage with his wife Melania Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump. left, after the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Donald Trump is joined by his wife Melania in the spin room following the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The supportive wife only had the highest of praises to sing for Donald, who she described as "the best leader" and an "amazing negotiator."

"America needs that, and he believes in America. He believes in its potential and what it can be, because it is now in big trouble ... I just believe he has what it takes to be an amazing president."

Despite her preference to remain in the shadows, Melania has become of the target of jokes and impressions, most notably on "Saturday Night Live," in which Cecily Strong portrays her as a dimwitted trophy wife -- but there are no hard feelings, Melania says.

"It's kind of an honor, actually, to have someone play you like that in a fun way. We laugh a lot about that. It's funny to see how people see you."

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