It’s a rare campaign appearance for Melania Trump – and she’s telling her life story to the crowd at the Republican National Committee.

She’s a former model who moved to the United States from Slovenia. She’s recounting how she became a U.S. citizen and she’s citing “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 has thanked the crowd for “the warm welcome” and said her husband was “moved by this great honor.”

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

10:10 p.m.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has given a forceful defense of law enforcement at the Republican National Convention.

He’s gotten the biggest cheers of the night from the crowd of more than 2,000 delegates.

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 safe 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.

10:05 p.m.

A lone protester from the liberal activist group Code Pink is attempting to disrupt the proceedings at the Republican National Convention.

A woman dressed in pink began shouting during a speech by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.

She tried to unfurl a pink banner, which other spectators tried to rip from her hands.

The protester was quickly surrounded by photographers. It took security several minutes to remove her from the audience.

The woman was shouting “end Mike Pence’s war on women” – Pence is the Indiana governor who’s Trump’s running mate.

10 p.m.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has a message for the military: “Help is on the way” if Donald Trump is president.

Cotton tells GOP convention delegates the U.S. “could not afford” four years of a Hillary Clinton administration.

The senator – who some believe will someday make his own White House run – was the latest in a line of speakers Monday night who hammering the theme that Trump will be the “law and order candidate” who will “make America safe again.”

9:35 p.m.

The sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin has energized the crowd at the Republican National Convention by declaring, “Blue Lives Matter in this country.”

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.”

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 a 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.

8:25 p.m.

The retired Navy SEAL at the heart of the book and movie “Lone Survivor” has drawn cheers and shouts of “thank you” from the crowd at the Republican National Convention.

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.

8:20 p.m.

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 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.”

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8:15 p.m.

The star of the TV show “Duck Dynasty” says the America needs “a president who would have our back,” and Willie Robertson says that’s Donald Trump.

Robertson was the first speaker Monday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He tells the crowd of more than 2,000 delegates that that Trump is the candidate running for president who will best support the military and the nation’s police officers.

Robertson tossed in a little playful criticism of the news media on Monday night, hitting them “for missing the Trump train.” He joked that he and Trump had three things in common: they were successful businessmen, had hit television shows and had wives “more attractive than we are.”

Trump’s wife Melania is the headline speaker on Monday, and she’ll speak at the end of the evening’s festivities.

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8:10 p.m.

The first night session of the Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland.

The headliner is Melania Trump, the wife of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is expected to introduce his wife before she speaks.

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.

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7 p.m.

A former top intelligence official says Donald Trump “recognizes the threats we face and is not afraid to call them what they are.”

Michael Flynn once led the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama and was thought to be on the short list of potential running mates for Trump.

Flynn is one of the scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, and he says in prepared remarks that Obama has led with “bumbling indecisiveness.”

Flynn says Trump will help “restore America’s role as the undeniable and unquestioned world leader.”

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6:40 p.m.

The brother and sister of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry say Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate who’ll secure the border.

Terry was shot and killed in a remote stretch of desert in Arizona in December 2010.

Guns found at the scene were later traced to a failed gun-trafficking investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Two men in the United States illegally have been convicted in Brian Terry’s death.

Kelly Terry-Willis and Kent Terry are among the scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention on Monday night. They say in prepared remarks that Trump is serious about border security and will give border agents “the resources and support needed to do their jobs.”

The Terrys say: “President Trump will make America’s borders secure again.”

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5:40 p.m.

A car carrying some of Donald Trump’s campaign staff was involved in a minor accident on the way from Trump Tower in New York to LaGuardia Airport.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says the staff car was traveling separately from Trump’s motorcade.

Trump wasn’t in the car involved in the accident, and Hicks says everyone is OK.

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