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Billboards highlighting Melania Trump's English-speaking skills prompted a lawsuit threat

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Billboards featuring first lady Melania Trump were removed Tuesday from Zagreb, Croatia, after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit.

“Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English,” the ads from a private English language school in Zagreb called the American Institute read.

The signs were part of a marketing campaign by the institute to get Croats to learn English by reminding them of Trump’s personal experiences.

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The billboards depicted Trump, who is Slovenian, standing in front of a microphone with an American flag banner behind her.

Natasa Pirc-Musar, Trump’s Slovenian lawyer, said she demanded that the images be removed immediately on the first lady’s behalf.

“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,” she told The Associated Press. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”

Some Twitter users on Wednesday commented upon the signs showing Trump, who is a former supermodel.

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Pirc-Musar said that the school had apologized for the signs, adding that Croatian and Slovenian state news agencies needed to publish its statement.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the school, said.

“It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model,” she added of Trump, who was born as Melanija Knavs in neighboring Slovenia.

Buric admitted, however, that the school’s campaign had been “very successful” due to the attention it received both at home and abroad.

The spokeswoman added that the institute plans on erecting new billboards in the future without Trump’s image.

Pirc-Musar’s firm has protected Trump’s image since her husband entered office after it appeared on several products in Slovenia, including cakes and underwear.

Melania Trump met President Trump during a Fashion Week party in New York City in 1998, and the pair ultimately wed in 2005.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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