On Friday, October 12 (10 pm ET), ABC News will air its exclusive interview with First Lady Melania Trump. The one-hour special is titled “Being Melania – The First Lady.” According to the promotions for the show, “No question is off limits” for the interviewer Tom Llamas, who accompanied Mrs. Trump to Africa, her first solo foreign trip as First Lady.
Journalist Tom Llamas was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban immigrants who fled the Castro-controlled island nation as political refugees. Llamas graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans (class of 2001). He moved to New York in 2009 and joined ABC News in 2014, where he eventually became the Sunday anchor of ABC World News Tonight. During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump called Llamas a “sleaze” after Llamas asked Trump how much money he had donated to charity. The question arose because the candidate had not released his tax records. Trump demanded an on-air apology from ABC News, and also claimed that Llamas “cannot report the news truthfully.” During this ABC News interview, Melania Trump claims she is “one of the most bullied people in the world” on social media.
Llamas has won several Emmy Awards, and won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Trump just called me a “sleaze.” Should be an interesting week.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016
Donald Trump has also said of Llamas that he “cannot report the news truthfully.”
.@TomLlamasABC cannot report the news truthfully. Why not apologize for your fraudulent story on World News Tonight.Gang members & criminals
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2015