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Who are Melania Trump’s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs and when did Donald Trump’s in-laws become US citizens?

THE couple enjoyed a quiet life in communist Yugoslavia before their daughter’s fame propelled them into the limelight.

Here’s what we know about Trump’s in-laws, parents to one of the most powerful women in the United States.

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs raised two daughters in Sevnica in what is now Slovenia

Who are Melania Trump’s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs?

The couple met in 1966 in the small town of Sevnica in Yugoslavia, now Slovenia.

Born in 1944, Viktor came from the nearby town of Radeče and worked first as a chauffeur and then as a car salesman.

His future wife Amalija hailed from the village of Raka and worked as a pattern-maker at a children’s clothing factory.

Their daughter Melania was born in Novo Mesto and grew up in Sevnica in 1970.

They have another daughter, Ines Knauss, who is an artist and thought to be close friends with her famous sister.

Viktor was in the League of Communists, but secretly baptised his children as Catholics.

He was never an active member of the party and reportedly amassed a collection of Mercedes sedans.

Now in their 70s, the couple have retired and are often seen in Washington.

They regularly travel with the first family and frequently spend weekends with Melania, Donald and their grandchildren.

When did Donald Trump’s in-laws become US citizens?

Melania’s parents became US citizens on August 9 in New York.

Their lawyer Michael Wildes confirmed they had taken the oath of citizenship in a private ceremony.

He told reporters the couple had met the condition of having a green card for five years but gave no further details.

Trump has repeatedly attacked US immigration laws, calling them the “dumbest laws on immigration in the world”.

 


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