Billboards in the Croatian capital, featuring First Lady Melania Trump, were ordered to be taken down after her lawyer threatened to sue.
The American Institute in Zagreb put up five billboards around the city with a picture of Melania Trump speaking at the 2016 Republican National Convention. The caption on the billboard read, “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English.”
The First Lady did not accept what was apparently meant to be a joke about her English, spoken with a heavy accent. Melania is a native of Slovenia, which is very close to Croatia. While Melania can speak in French, Serbian and German, her English isn’t her best language.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the pictures of the First Lady were not authorized to be used and therefore had to be torn down.
Melania’s lawyer, Natasa Pirc-Musar, told the AP, “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps,” but “I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and [Facebook] ads.”
The advertisements were supposed to be encouraging, a spokesperson from the school told the AP. They plan on replacing the pictures with new advertisements.
Melania would like to forget where she came from and just revel in her husband’s vast wealth. She hired a law firm to protect her image in her home country, which has reportedly shown up on cakes, tourism ads, and even underwear.
Melania was born Melanija Knave in 1970, in a small town near Sevnica, Slovenia, which was then part of communist Yugoslavia.
She became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001, and obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006. Melania is the first naturalized U.S. citizen to become First Lady, and the second First Lady born overseas after Louisa Adams, who was born in London to an American father.