"Donald Trump acknowledged Pride month for the first time as president this year, tweeting it was an occasion to "recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation", a time to "stand in solidarity" with them", and that his administration was launching a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.
A new chainsaw-carved statue of Melania Trump is drawing pretty mixed reviews back in Slovenia.
Even in the face of criticism, Downey insists that the piece is genuine in its intent to honor the first lady.
USA artist Brad Downey hired a local chainsaw artisan, Ales Zupevc, to carve the likeness out of a tree trunk.
The town of Sevnica has become an overnight tourist attraction following Trump's election into office in 2016, with some journalists looking for insight into the first lady. It accompanies Downey's exhibition at a gallery in the capital, Ljubljana, exploring Melania's heritage.More news: Lakers add DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo to already potent lineup
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He commissioned local artist Ales Zupevc to carve the sculpture.
The statue depicts the First Lady at her husband's inauguration. Look at how high she climbed to the top, just like real Melania, who rose to the top of America.
Its somewhat naive style has led some critics on social media to brand it a "scarecrow".
"I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance", he said, but insisted that he found the end result "absolutely attractive".