Twenty years ago, Melania Trump was a Solvenian model with just a few jobs in the US under her belt. Melania Knauss, as she was then known, attended a party in New York City in 1998 that would change the course of her life. That party was the one wherein she met a certain Donald Trump — 24 years her senior. Trump was on a date with another woman when he met Melania but soon he had fallen smitten with the 28 year old model.
In 2001, Melania got herself a green card. By 2005, she was Mrs. Trump. By 2016, she was the First Lady of the United States.
From the beginning of her tenure as First Lady, Melania strayed from what we have come to expect from American First Ladies. Of course, there was the decision to simply remain in New York rather than move to the White House. The official reason given for that decision is so that her son would not have to change schools — because there’s never been a child in the First Family?
Even once Mrs. Trump moved to White House, her presence hasn’t been prominent. Unlike previous first ladies, Mrs. Trump hasn’t yet found a lane for herself with her signature issue. Probably because her signature issue is bullying — and her position is anti rather than pro. That’s tricky territory when your husband is Cyberbully-in-Chief.
Melania isn’t crazy about the White House in general. She seems to prefer Mar-a-Lago, the 126-room villa which was once owned by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in South Florida. Two weekends ago, when the First Lady was meant to join her husband on his brief trip Switzerland… Melania went to Mar-a-Lago went to instead.
Even for Melania’s unconventional track record as First Lady, her absence in Davos raised eyebrows. Has Melania decided to toss aside any expectations we hold for a First Lady? Did the Stormy Daniels bring marital issues beyond the brink?
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We can’t be certain, but Melania Trump’s behavior during her husband’s State of the Union address was immediately dissected on twitter. Sundry body language experts have weighed in on Melania’s behavior and expressions during Trump’s speech — and none of them interpreted her body language as ‘Wow I’m So Proud To Be Married To That Cheeto’ —- and now people are looking at her clothing choice.
David Usborne for The Independent:
“There was even chatter about the white Dior pantsuit she wore. It looked a lot like outfits favoured by Hillary Clinton at key moments in her presidential campaign. Dressing like Hillary would surely get Donald’s attention.”
While examining Melania’s face, posture, gestures, and attire seems excessive — this an aspect of being First Lady — whether Mrs. Trump embraces it or not.
The much more titillating question here is whether there could be a divorce while Trump is in office. Ronald Reagan, our 40th commander in chief, was the first and only other president to have taken office after having been divorced. But no president has ever been divorced while still in office.
With Trump’s history of gag ordering his wives into oblivion, it seems unlikely. But could Melania be a loose cannon? Could she Katie Holmes him?