In January, Melania Trump became the only contemporary First Lady in history to delay moving into the White House after the presidential inauguration. Her postponement led many to believe Mrs. Trump might not ever make it to the White House, as well as inspiring much speculation that she instead preferred her current arrangement, living with her son Barron in her gilded Trump Tower penthouse.
But now that Barron has wrapped up the school year, it seems like Melania and the youngest Trump son are finally making the big move. While Melania’s parents currently live with her at Trump Tower, Viktor and Amalija Knavs will not be moving full-time to D.C., a possible indication that Melania still intends to split some of her time between her home in New York and her new residence in the White House.
According to Politico, Trump aides are hoping that Melania’s presence will help soothe the increasingly irritated and isolated president, who has been busy this week tweeting his frustrations. White House watchers may do well to remember, though, that the First Lady was there the same morning Trump decided to pick an online fight with London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan after the terrorist attack on London Bridge, and also when he later went on a rant about his travel ban, which has been stalled in the courts. It’s almost as if his aides haven’t realized by now that Trump doesn’t listen to anyone—much less his family.
In fact, the times that the First Couple have spent together have actually led to less than stellar PR results. Who can forget the First Lady’s drastic switch in expressions from the inauguration—forever immortalized in GIF form—or that viral clip that came out of their diplomatic trip to Israel, where Trump reaches for her hand and she swats it away. According to the Politico report, Melania only pushed Trump’s hand away because she was “attuned to protocol” and thought doing so was an “inappropriate gesture for an official arrival.” We look forward to more awkward explanations of future White House public displays of affection. For now, welcome to Washington, Melania!
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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