Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said Thursday that she has always "been in full compliance" with US immigration laws after questions were raised about whether she had worked as a model during the 1990s without the proper work permits.

"Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period," she said in a statement on Twitter, calling reports to the contrary "inaccurate" and "simply untrue."

Melania Trump has said she came to the US legally and Donald Trump has been highly critical of illegal immigration, but nude photos of the would-be first lady that were published in the New York Post earlier this week raised questions about the Trumps' narrative.

The photos date to 1995 but Trump had claimed she only arrived in the US in 1996, according to the Politico newspaper.

She has also said in media interviews that she had to return to her native Slovenia to renew her visa regularly. However, if she had the type of visa that she had claimed to have, it would have allowed her to work and she would not have had to renew it regularly, the newspaper said.

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