If the idea of a Donald Trump White House is making our founding fathers toss in their graves, this latest piece of news will haveMartha Washington clutchingher pearls.
On its Sunday cover, the New York Post — which endorsed Trump — ran rare and racy photos of his hopeful first lady Melania Trump, with the headline"The Ogle Office."
One of the Republican presidential nominee's key advisers said there's no problem with the issue, which also featured photos of the model-turned-wife who posed for a now-defunct French men's magazine in 1995.
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— New York Post (@nypost) July 31, 2016
In an interview with CNN's "Reliable Sources," the Trump campaign's senior communications adviser Jason Miller said the photographs are "a celebration of the human body as art."
"There's nothing to be embarrassed about," he added. "She's a beautiful woman."
When asked about the photographs, Trump said, "Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”
Photographer Ale de Basseville, who snapped Melania for French magazine Max, did the photo session in Manhattan, not long after the Slovenian-born model arrived in the States, according to thePost.
“I think it is important to show the beauty and the freedom of the woman, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania’s beauty,” de Basseville told the Post.
Melania met Trump in 1998; the two were married in 2005.
This isn't Melania's first racy photoshoot. She famously posed nude on Trump's bearskin rug and around his customised Boeing 727 for the January 2000 issue of British GQ.
Former presidential candidate Ted Cruz circulated the photos earlier this year, launching a war of the wives between Cruz and Trump.
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016