First lady Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over image on billboards

Well, that didn’t last long.

Billboards, advertising for English classes in Zagreb, Croatia, and featuring first lady Melania Trump were yanked Tuesday after Trump’s lawyer threatened a lawsuit.

“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” her lawyer, Natasha Pirc-Musar told the Associated Press.

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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as first lady Melania Trump looks on after he spoke to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves while walking out with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after delivering remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, front row from right, Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, listen as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, deliver remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump speaks before U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, delivers remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump waves while walking out with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after delivering remarks to military personnel and families in an aircraft hangar at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Trump called on Congress to end the defense sequester once and for all and promised the U.S. Air Force would maintain its dominance. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave as they walk in front of an F-35 fighter jet after he spoke to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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A representative for American Institute, who ran the ads, said, “We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady.”

It’s not the first time Trump’s image has been used promotionally in the region.

She is from neighboring Slovenia and her likeness and name have been used to sell all types of merchandise. 

There are even tours of her childhood home in Sevnica.

Despite having to take down the billboards, American Institute representatives said the short-lived advertising campaign was “very successful.”

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