Is it just us, or has anyone else noticed a severe First Lady absence since Donald Trump started his official presidential duties?
Well we’ve been doing some poking around, and have discovered that a) we aren’t the only ones to ask this question, and b) it’s no coincidence either.
“She is far behind the curve compared to where modern first ladies have been by the time their husbands are inaugurated, in a quite unprecedented way.”
“She is far behind the curve compared to where modern first ladies have been by the time their husbands are inaugurated, in a quite unprecedented way,” said Myra Gutin, a Professor who specializes in first ladies. “We are in uncharted territory here.”
So what has Melania Trump been up to since the inauguration?
Well, she announced her chief of staff on Wednesday, and the day after appointed interior designer Tham Kannalikham to give the White House private quarters a bit of a make-over. So at least that’s something.
According to our sources, she is also expected to announce who will hold the positions of her social secretary and senior advisor any day now.
Rumour has it that the former will be held by Natalie Jones, a former Obama administration protocol official – interesting, no? The latter will apparently be held by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the brains behind Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities.
“I am putting together a professional and highly experienced team, which will take time to do properly,” Melania Trump said in a statement.
“I am excited to be organizing and bringing together such a dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals who will work together to make our country better for everyone.”
Let’s hope she makes these appointments sooner rather than later, as her absence from the White House (she’s apparently only spent two nights there) has led to unwanted media attention and speculation about her state of mind, among other things.