Melania Trump could be President Trump's greatest asset in bolstering American approval rating

In the wake of reportedly low approval ratings and bipartisan criticism of a myriad of executive actions, President Trump could have a secret weapon in the first lady.

A Gallup poll released over the weekend reports that 42 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump has done so far -- a new low for any president after two weeks in office. These historically subdued approval ratings, mixed with a variety of criticism from Republican lawmakers over his executive order enacting a travel ban, could spell trouble for the 45th president.

Trump's biggest asset and remedy to these Oval Office woes, though, could come in the form of increasingly popular first lady Melania Trump.

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Born Melanija Knavs

Originally Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump was born April 20, 1970 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Born to a car dealer and children's clothing designer, she grew up in a modest home in a community then part of communist Yugoslavia. Melania has a younger sister and older half brother, whom her father had from a previous relationship.

Pictured: Taken in 1977, this image shows Melania, 7, (second from the right) attending a fashion review at the textile company where her mother was employed.

Began modeling at age 16. 

In her early days of modeling, Trump worked in Milan and Paris, before moving to New York in 1996.

Pictured: Melania Knauss during Fred Trump's Funeral at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

The Clintons attended their wedding.

In 2005, Melania and Donald married in a Palm Beach, Florida ceremony. Shaquille O'Neal, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and both President Bill Clinton and then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton were in attendance.

Pictured: Donald and Melania sit courtside before a 2001 Toronto Raptors game.

Melania and Donald have a son, Barron.

On March 20, 2006, Melania gave birth to her and Donald's son, Barron William Trump. He is often referred to as "The Little Donald."

Donald holds a replica of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as Melania holds their son Barron in Los Angeles in 2007.

She spoke at the Republican National Convention.

On July 18, Melania addressed delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The soon-to-be first lady was quickly criticized, though, when it became clear parts of her speech were identical to that of First lady Michelle Obama in 2008.

She cares about bullying.

On November 3, Melania Trump gave her first solo campaign speech for her husband in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, saying she would work to combat bullying as first lady. "Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers," she said, noting that kids are often hurt when they are "made to feel less in looks or intelligence."

She said she wants to be "true to herself" as first lady.

On November 11, President-elect Trump and his family -- including Melania -- appeared on 60 Minutes in their first post-election television interview. In the interview, Melania opened up to Lesley Stahl about staying true to herself, meeting Michelle Obama at the White House and how she hopes to raise son, Barron, as they transition to life as the first family.

Melania and Barron will stay in New York for the time being.

On November 20, Trump transition team sources said that Melania and 10-year-old son, Barron, are expected to spend most of their time in New York at least through spring of 2017. The team offered keeping Barron in his Upper West Side private school as reasoning for their staying in New York.

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Matt Latimer of Politico Magazine poses that the Slovenia native -- who in the week of the inauguration was reportedly more popular than the president himself -- could help help Trump's approval ratings in the long run, and has laid out five strategic ways for her to do just that.

Latimer starts in setting the stage for Melania Trump's popularity. Noting the first lady's ability to evoke elegance, thoughtfulness and sympathy on Inauguration Day, Melania Trump's big moment was a disturbed face captured as her husband turns around on the inauguration stage. The moment prompted a #FreeMelania social media explosion.

"The idea that the first lady is a tormented victim, crying out for help, may be the most positive view anyone associated with the Trump presidency has received from the Twittersphere to date," Latimer writes.

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"In other words, Melania Trump has power. The kind of power that just might be able to convince the millions of Americans and foreigners who don't like, who even fear, Donald Trump that he is not a solitary, impulsive, dangerous monster."

Latimer says the first lady could increase worldly appreciation for the United States by serving as symbol of American greatness. As someone who witnessed war and poverty in her home country of Slovenia, Melania could "play the provocative role of encouraging a greater appreciation of America among her own citizens."

Melania Trump's immigrant status also puts her in the unique position to talk about and defend legal immigration -- a core principle of the president's 2016 campaign and current White House agenda -- from a first-hand perspective. The first lady has repeatedly said that she came to the U.S. legally and could use her position to bolster morale for Trump items like his travel ban executive order, which was sharply criticized by members of his own Republican party.

Latimer also adds that because of her European roots, Melania could help improve relations between the United States and other countries.

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance while attending the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, dance their first dance as first couple to the song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance while attending the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump dances with husband Jared Kurshner at the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with the older Trump children and their spouses, attend the Liberty Ball in honor of his inauguration in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner look back as they leave the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Trump's daughter salute the crowd during the Freedom ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

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President Donald Trump dances with wife Melania Trump at the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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US President Donald Trump speaks as first lady Melania Trump looks on during the Freedom Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania, arrive at the "Liberty" Inaugural Ball, in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump gesture towards his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as they dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump arrive at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2016.

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US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, dance along with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, at the president's "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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US President Donald Trump gestures as the first lady Melania Trump, Vice Presidant Mike Pence, his wife Karen and family look on at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump arrive at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2016.

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US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. 

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump gesture towards his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as they dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" flanked by his son Eric and his daughter Ivanka and their spouses at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US Vice President Mike Pence with his wife Karen and family leave his residence at the Naval Observatory to attend inaugural balls in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US Vice President Mike Pence with his wife Karen and family leave his residence at the Naval Observatory to attend inaugural balls in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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As the president and first lady have been married 12 years and share a son, Barron, Latimer also notes that increased candor from Melania Trump on positive aspects of the couple's marriage could "reassure the American people that they have not elected a frightening caricature," as she is presumably the person closest to the president.

The first lady's newly hired chief of staff Lindsay Reynolds announced last week that Melania and her son are still planning to move to the White House after Barron finishes his school year.

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"Mrs. Trump is honored to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of first lady very seriously," said Reynolds. "It has only been a short time since the inauguration and the first lady is going to go about her role in a pragmatic and thoughtful way that is unique and authentic to her."

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