Trump defends Melania for wearing stilettos before flights to hurricane-ravaged areas: She 'wants to look good leaving the front entrance'

President Donald Trump in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended the first lady over backlash she received for wearing stiletto heels before boarding flights to hurricane-ravaged areas.

Trump made the comments in response to a question from Huckabee on Melania Trump's high approval ratings, saying that she is a "private person" who "loved her other life."

"She doesn't need to be adored by people, but she does like to help people. And she sees how important it is. And she's taken tremendous abuse," Trump told Huckabee.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 03: President Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at the Muniz Air National Guard Base for a visit after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 3, 2017 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The President has been criticized by some that say the government� response has been inadequate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 03: President Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at the Muniz Air National Guard Base for a visit after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 3, 2017 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The President has been criticized by some that say the government� response has been inadequate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello (unseen) and other officials after stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello (L)and other officials after stepping off Air Force One upon arrival at Luis Mu�z Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 03: President Donald Trump and Melania Trump greet U.S Air Force airmen as he arrives at the Muniz Air National Guard Base as he makes a visit after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 3, 2017 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The President has been criticized by some that say the government's response has been inadequate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 03: President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump arrive Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017, almost two weeks after hurricane Maria hit the island. They meet with residents there to greet the President. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp (unseen) in the Ward Room aboard the USS Kearsarge, off Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria thrashed through the US territory, much of the islands remains short of food and without access to power or drinking water. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump was criticized in August for wearing high heels before heading to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, although she changed into sneakers before landing. She made a similar move this week when visiting Puerto Rico, boarding her flight while wearing stilettos before switching to Timberland work boots.

The president told Huckabee that the first lady had dressed up "out of respect for the White House," adding that she "wants to look good leaving the front entrance."

He continued: "So she dresses up, and she puts on formal shoes, high heels, and she leaves the White House going to Texas, or going to wherever we want to go — Florida, actually twice. So walking through that front door, she did. Now, she has sneakers in the meantime with her so she can change into other clothing when we're walking through where a hurricane is just leaving, and she took tremendous abuse."

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington, U.S., on their way to view storm damage in Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for travel to Texas to visit the areas devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his White House tenure, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington on their way to view storm damage in Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for travel to Texas to visit the areas devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his White House tenure, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for travel to Texas to visit the areas devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his White House tenure, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and first lady Melania Trump (2ndR) are greeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (2ndL) prior to receiving a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (R) receive a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (2ndL) in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One prior to receiving a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Trump added that people he has met have not appeared to mind the first lady's heels.

"But the good news is that the people understand it – I was making a speech, and women were holding up — 'we love your stilettos.' They really do love her. And she's a good person," Trump said.

Trump's interview with Huckabee, who is the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will air on Saturday for the first episode of his show "Huckabee" on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

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