Melania plays legal Trump card over school ad

Irena Barker


An attempt to use Melania Trump’s journey to US First Lady to illustrate the benefits of learning English has landed a private language school in legal hot water. The American Institute of Zagreb, in the Croatian capital, was forced to issue an apology after it ran an advert on five billboards, featuring Mrs Trump giving a speech in front of a billowing US flag. The caption read: ‘Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.’

But Mrs Trump’s lawyers, hired to protect her public image, demanded that they be removed immediately, under pain of legal action. Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the American Institute of Zagreb, said the advert was not intended to mock Mrs Trump – a former model from neighbouring Slovenia – in any way.

‘We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the US first lady,’ Ms Buric added. ‘It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.’

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