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Melania Trump wasn’t the last speaker of the night at the Republican National Convention, but she certainly proved to be a tough act to follow.

Donald Trump’s wife drew loud ovations for her speech Monday night at the convention in Cleveland — and when she walked off the stage with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Many in the crowd also began to make their way to the exits, even though several speakers remained on the night’s program.

It’s a rare campaign appearance for the former model, who moved to the United States from Slovenia. She recounted how she became a U.S. citizen and and cited “the love in the Trump family.”

Melania Trump is the first of several of Donald Trump’s family members who are on the list of speakers at the Cleveland convention this week. Their appearances are an attempt to humanize the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

She thanked the crowd for “the warm welcome” and said her husband was “moved by this great honor.”

Melania Trump, wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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Melania Trump says she and her husband “love America very much” and that she, more than anyone, knows what she’s calling “the simple goodness” of her husband’s heart.

“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,” she told delegates in her highest profile appearance of the presidential campaign.

Donald Trump drew cheers as he took the stage to introduce her.

The candidate made only brief comments, telling the crowd in Cleveland: “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”

Trump ws expected to return to Manhattan late Monday and then travel back to Cleveland Wednesday afternoon. He’s set to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night to close out the convention.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

Mrs. Trump’s appearance was a sharp contrast to most of the night’s other speakers, who painted a bleak picture of an American future that they said only her husband can correct. A parade of speakers told emotional stories about loved ones killed while serving in the military or at the hands of people in the United States illegally. And they cast the turbulent times as a direct result of weak leadership by President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who spent four years in the administration.

Montana rep touts security pledge

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana brought the first night of the Republican National Convention to a close.

Zinke — a former Navy SEAL — was part of the Republican National Convention’s tribute to the military. Also emphasized was Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “Make America Safe Again.”

Zinke is blaming Clinton — a former secretary of state — for many of the country’s security challenges. He says that in a Donald Trump administration, “If we go to war, we’ll go to war to win.”

The congressman spoke to a largely empty hall as the program ran late and most of the crowd left after Melania Trump’s speech.

The evening ended with a benediction from a pastor in Florida.

Trump oblivious to office's limits, Clinton says

As the political world focuses on the Republican National Convention, Clinton was criticizing Trump for what she says is his “dangerous, reckless approach” to the presidency.

She says in a CBS interview that Trump has “no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.”

Clinton is trying to make the case that Trump is offering “simplistic, easy answers” that appeal to people who are anxious and fearful.

Iowa senator salutes veterans

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is a rising star in the Republican Party, and on Monday night, she delivered a tribute to veteransd.

Ernst and Zinke were joined on the stage by nearly a dozen former members of the military.

Ernst had Democrat Hillary Clinton in mind when she said the country can’t afford four more years of what the senator calls a “lack of leadership.”

Ex-NYC mayor Giuliani defends police

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani preceded her appearance with a forceful defense of law enforcement.

Giuliani has been critical of those who protest against police, including those involved with the group Black Lives Matter.

He says when police officers “come to save your life, they don’t ask if you are black and white, they just come to save you.”

He also called Donald Trump “a man with a big heart” who’s helped out their native New York City. He says Trump would anonymously help the families of police officers who were injured in the line of duty.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

He followed the sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, who energized the crowd by declaring, “Blue lives matter in this country.”

Sheriff David Clarke flashes the V-sign on stage during the evening session of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.

Sheriff David Clarke — a Donald Trump supporter — has made the night’s most explicit reference to the recent deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers and the slaying of officers in Texas and Louisiana.

Trump also addressed the Black Lives Matter movement in an interview that aired Monday night on Fox News Channel. He didn’t make a specific reference to that movement. But he said some activists “are essentially calling death to the police — that is not acceptable.”

Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

Mom of American killed in Libya hits Clinton

The mother of one of the four Americans killed in the siege on an U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is taking on Hillary Clinton.

Pat Smith tells Republican delegates at their convention: “If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?”

Smith’s son, Sean, was State Department foreign service officer Sean Smith who died in the 2012 attack.

Pat Smith says she blames Clinton — who was secretary of state — “personally” for her son’s death.

The convention’s program Monday night had a strong focus on Benghazi — an issue that Republicans have pressed for years against Clinton, claiming her negligence contributed to the Americans’ death.

Delegates also saw a video and presentation about Benghazi.

Retired U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell addresses delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Marcus Luttrell was introduced by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Luttrell spoke about the need for the government to take better care of veterans when they return to the United States.

Luttrell praised Donald Trump’s commitment to the military. Luttrell also somewhat touched on the recent violence against police officers — telling delegates that the nation’s “next war is here.”

And in a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, Luttrell said: “In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.”

Luttrell co-wrote a book about a 2005 gun battle in Afghanistan — an incident that later was made in to a movie.

Actor and television producer Scott Baio gives the thumbs-up as he arrives on stage on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

Actor Baio says U.S. in ‘bad spot’

Television actor Scott Baio tells the Republican National Convention that “our country is in a very bad spot” and that “we need Donald Trump to fix this.”

Baio is the former star of “Charles in Charge” and “Happy Days.” He said Monday at the convention in Cleveland that presumptive Republican nominee Trump isn’t “a messiah.” But Baio says Trump is someone he’d “trust with the lives of our family and the health of our country.”

Baio is bashing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for feeling “entitled” to the presidency.

The actor is an outspoken advocate on social media for conservative causes. He’s one of the bigger stars among the speakers at the convention — part of what Trump has suggested would be “a showbiz convention.”

Many of the party’s past and future stars were glaringly missing from the lineup, underscoring the concerns some GOP leaders have with closely aligning themselves with Trump. The businessman has cast aside decades of Republican orthodoxy in his unexpected political rise, creating a crisis within the GOP about its future.

The evening session was gaveled to order around 8 p.m. and began with a presentation of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and a prayer.

It comes after a raucous afternoon session that rang in the proceedings at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Anti-Trump delegates wanted a state-by-state roll call vote on the convention’s rules. That would have meant a drawn-out process and could have exposed party divisions. But the rules were passed on second attempt on a voice vote over the shouts of those anti-Trump delegates.