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Melania Will Have a Long-Distance Relationship With Donald and the White House If Trump Wins Again

As First Lady, Melania Trump managed to keep a low profile whether she was at the White House or jetting to New York or Palm Beach. But if Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House (ugh), those who know her say she’ll pull a more permanent disappearing act.

While the Obamas and the Bidens frequently visited hometown Washington, Donald and Melania largely avoided the place, especially Melania, who is well-known for her reclusiveness. She was rarely seen and it led to folks wondering whether she was living at the White House or with her parents in the ‘burbs, Axios reports.

And people who know the former first lady say it’s highly unlikely she’ll do a full-time stint in the East Wing. Instead, it’s far likelier that she’ll be jetting once again between Palm Beach and New York, where it’s rumored her son Barron may be attending NYU. The Melania experts say she’s likely to only visit the White House for state dinners or special events.

Obviously, Melania is not a person who can easily be pigeonholed but she is undoubtedly the most private first lady who has ever lived in the White House. Dr. Jill Biden, the current first lady, is often seen out and about, and Michelle Obama took her role as first lady quite seriously, implementing programs like the USDA’s “My Plate” and “Mi Plato,” a program that introduced easy to use icons based on the five food groups, helping people make wise choices about what they eat. But she’s probably most known for her “Let’s Move! Salad Bars” program which increased access to fruits and vegetables by providing 3 million students with salad bars.

Melania, for her part, plagiarized at least one of Michelle Obama’s speeches, so there’s that anyway. And according to Mary Jordan, who authored a book on Melania and is a Washington Post associate editor, “Melania does what Melania wants.”

I think we’ve all gotten that idea by now, and Jordan notes this makes her “stand out in history from any other first lady. Her view is unelected, not paid.”

She was definitely nowhere near the courtroom when her husband became a convicted felon In connection with the Stormy Daniels hush money trial.

“She’s distancing herself even more from her husband and from the Washington social political scene,” says Kate Andersen Brower, who’s written several books about the White House and first ladies. “I mean, she clearly hated being in Washington.”

Jordan said she thinks the former first lady will be more involved with her BeBest campaign, and she’ll ensure she has a larger, “better,” and “more qualified” staff Jordan told Axios. Originally, Melania had an unusually small staff, and some reports say her delayed move to the White House put her at a disadvantage.

“Now having seen how this works, she would just be wiser and she would be more vocal and more demanding about what the first lady’s office should get.”

One thing remains clear: Melania will do Melania. She’s the polar opposite of her garrulous husband, who constantly seeks attention from the world and the more he does this, the more his wife clings to her privacy. Perhaps this is the only way Melania can survive all his controversies — his infidelities, his out-and-out lying about the 2020 election, and his relentless habit of stirring up trouble any way that he can.

All I know is, that I hope we don’t see Melania or her husband in the White House ever again.

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus


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