There is currently a great deal of discussion over whether or not Melania Trump might have broken immigration laws by working in the US without the proper visa back in the '90s.
Politico pointed out the inconsistencies in her immigration story on Thursday, highlighting a nude photo shoot she modeled in back in 1995. Photos from this shoot were published earlier this week.
Donald and Melania Trump have consistently maintained she entered the US legally in 1996, so the date of this photo shoot seems to contradict this.
As Ben Schreckinger and Gabriel Debenedetti of Politico report, there are also statements Melania Trump made in past interviews that raise doubts about her immigration story.
Schreckinger and Debenedetti stated,
If Melania Trump flew back to Europe every couple of months, however, this contradicts reports she came here on an H-1B visa.
As the Politico article explained,
On Thursday, Melania Trump released a statement in response to these allegations, vehemently denying there is any truth to them.
At this point in time, there are still more questions to be asked about all of this. We can't definitively say whether Melania Trump violated US immigration laws.
But Trump can squash all of this by releasing her visa records. If she doesn't have them, she can request the records from the US government.
If any of this does end up being true, Donald Trump will likely be called a hypocrite by his critics for his ongoing call for the deportation of over 11 million undocumented immigrants, along with the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Not to mention, Trump frequently suggested President Obama was not born in the US, fanning the flames of the birther movement.
There also seems to be a possibility Melania Trump could be deported. According to the American Immigration Council,
Given all this, it's not surprising people can't stop talking about this story right now.
There was a great deal of chatter about it on Twitter on Thursday, ranging from mockery to outrage.
Between strong criticism from prominent Republicans, dropping in the polls and now this, Donald Trump is having a really rough week.