What’s next for soon-to-be ex-first lady Melania Trump?
Unconventional and unpredictable, first woman Melania Trump now faces the duty of vacating the White Home and deciding what the subsequent part of her life will appear to be.
The previous few days of election week have been as tumultuous because the final near-four years in Washington – however fairly typical for her: She was seen solely as soon as – on the White Home with the president within the early hours of Wednesday morning – and has not been seen or heard in public since.
In the meantime, it was throughout however the shouting. Nail-biting waits for vote counts continued, and Joe Biden was declared president-elect Saturday morning. The president blasted out a number of ALL-CAP tweets, one demanded the vote counting cease and one other claimed he gained “by quite a bit” simply forward of many media networks calling the race in favor of Biden. The president ranted on Thursday night time throughout a dwell press convention about alleged fraud within the election, which was so stunning many media shops, together with USA TODAY, reduce away in the course of it.
Melania Trump wasn’t there. On Friday morning, her Twitter account despatched out an anodyne tweet a few hospital she visited final 12 months in Boston, as if nothing uncommon was occurring.
First woman Melania Trump casts vote in Florida on Election Day
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So now that Democrat Joe Biden has been declared the winner, what’s subsequent for her? Will she return to her former function of devoted mother and rich lady-of-leisure, touring between one Trump property to a different? After Jan. 21, will she make a beeline for her Trump Tower penthouse in New York Metropolis or head for the spa at Mar-a-Lago in sunny Palm Seaside, Florida?
Based mostly on the previous 4 years, she’s not prone to confide. However a touch: She voted Tuesday in particular person in Palm Seaside County the place the Trumps have registered to vote and have made their official residence.
“I assume Mrs. Trump will return to Florida – or perhaps she is going to have the ability to persuade her husband to return to New York as their official residence – and proceed the form of life she led earlier than the White Home,” predicts first woman historian Katherine Jellison, a professor of historical past at Ohio College.
However first she is going to busy herself with adorning the White Home for the Trumps’ last Christmas season there, says Anita McBride, who was former first woman Laura Bush’s chief of workers and now runs the Legacies of America’s First Women Initiative at American College.
Dropping the election comes with “a sure disappointment of not having this selection (of being within the White Home) once more after working so onerous in the direction of it,” McBride says. “You undergo the phases of a loss as a result of it is a loss. I believe (Trump) will concentrate on her household and her son (Barron); serving to him to handle this transition will probably be foremost in her thoughts.”
However who may blame Trump if she is making ready to relinquish with some reduction the undefined, unpaid, high-pressure job of first woman to former second woman Jill Biden, now the FLOTUS in ready.
Why? 4 years of close to fixed battles with the mainstream media Trump despised and a deluge of poisonous tweets from critics who returned her disdain. Sharp criticism of her style and adorning decisions. Two medical crises, together with a five-day hospital keep and weeks when she disappeared from public view.
Persevering with speak and lawsuits over her husband’s previous alleged indiscretions. A primary-lady agenda that fell wanting its ambitions, particularly on combating on-line bullying of the kind typically practiced by the president.
There have been public spats over banal jokes invoking son Barron, 14; over her need to tune the TV on Air Drive One to CNN; and on her function within the firing of a high-level nationwide safety official. All through there have been dozens of images and movies displaying her with a crestfallen face, or snatching her hand from his, or the risible conspiracy idea that she employed a physique double in public.
Then there have been the unwelcome biographies and tell-all books, together with one by a former pal who promoted it by releasing secret tapes of their conversations, capturing the primary woman’s scorn for some elements of her function and her familiarity with Anglo-Saxon expletives if not excellent grammar.