Melania Trump’s website was taken down as of Wednesday afternoon, after her plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention fueled questions about her educational biography, the Huffington Post reported.
The website now redirects to her husband’s site, which features a slideshow of Trump buildings and links to various arms of the Trump Organization. Melania Trump later tweeted that she had removed her site because it was out of date.
Melania Trump’s website, before it was taken down, contained links to her jewelry collection and an extensive biography that claimed she possessed “a degree in design and architecture from University in Slovenia.” But multiple news outlets had reported that Trump, then Melanija Knavs, dropped out after one year at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s oldest university.
Two biographers, Bojan Pozar and Igor Omerza, wrote in their unauthorized biography “Melania Trump: The Inside Story, From a Slovenian Communist Village to the White House,” that Trump completed her freshman year despite failing two exams, but did not return for her sophomore year. According to Politico, there was no record of a thesis completed under Trump’s birth name, “though all Slovenes who graduate write a thesis, and all of these theses are catalogued.”
Trump’s claim she earned a university degree was featured on her website dating back to 2006, with the same wording as the biography that was featured as recently as the Republican National Convention last week.
Trump’s claimed educational history drew fresh scrutiny after her speech at the convention lifted lines from First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008. Though campaign officials repeatedly rejected accusations of plagiarism, Trump’s speechwriter released an apology a few days after the speech admitting to using Michelle Obama’s words during the writing of the speech.