Donald Trump has called his wife Melania “my rock and foundation” in some of the most revealing comments about their marriage since claims of cheating surfaced.
The US president said he “wouldn’t be the man I am today” without Mrs Trump in a message to supporters urging them to sign her birthday card.
The remarks come after two women – the porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-playboy model Karen McDougal – claimed affairs with Mr Trump during his current marriage. Mr Trump has denied the allegations.
Mrs Trump declined to travel with the president to his first State of the Union speech and was hundreds of miles away when an interview with Ms Daniels was broadcast.
The message from Mr Trump read: "Family is one of life's most wonderful treasures, and serving as America's First Family has been a truly great privilege!
“This month, our family is looking forward to a very special day. Please join us in celebrating the First Lady and my beautiful, kind-hearted and exceptional wife Melania's birthday by signing her card.
“Melania is my rock and foundation, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today without her by my side.
"She's the cornerstone of our family, and an incredible mother to our son, Barron. I'm so proud of her accomplishments, and I hope you'll wish her well on her special day.”
The president married Mrs Trump, a 47-year-old former model, in 2006. He was previously married to Czech model Ivana Zelníčková and actress Marla Maples.