First Lady Melania Trump is packing her bags and finally joining her husband, President Donald Trump, at the White House in a few days.
According to Politico, people familiar with the planning for Melania’s big move report that she and 11-year-old Barron Trump are expected to officially relocate to the White House on Wednesday, June 14. Melania Trump is the first and only contemporary first lady in U.S. history to postpone moving into the president’s official residence after the inauguration.
Since her husband was sworn in and moved into the White House, Melania has stayed in her Trump Tower penthouse with Barron and her parents. Although the delay has been chalked up to Barron having to finish the school year at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City, it nonetheless raised some eyebrows and led to speculation that Melania might never make it to the White House. It also led to much chatter about the state of her marriage with the president.
Nonetheless, President Donald Trump and his family will soon be under one roof. Now that the school year is over, it appears that preparations have been made for Melania and Barron’s move to Washington, D.C., Barron will reportedly attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, this fall.
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— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 14, 2017
Those close to President Donald Trump are reportedly hoping that having his wife close by will help improve his mood, curb his off-hours Twitter tirades, and bring some stability to the White House. Politico notes that Melania Trump’s presence at the White House is expected to create a “major shift” for her husband, who is said to have become “increasingly cheerless” in his position and who has reportedly lashed out at White House aides over his various frustrations, including how he is treated on Twitter.
According to CNN, Donald Trump has grown “lonely, angry, and not happy with much of anyone” since he assumed office in January.
“He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be,” a source close to the president told the outlet.
“I see him emotionally withdrawing. He’s gained weight. He doesn’t have anybody whom he trusts.”
Katherine Jellison, an Ohio University history professor and an expert in first lady studies, said that Melania Trump’s long-awaited move to the White House is a blessing for the current administration.
“Her presence is not going to stop any investigations, but at a time when this particular presidency needs an air of stability, it might lend that,” she told Politico.
“The move helps to give the impression that the president is currently in a stable, solid marriage and that his home life is under control.”
Melania Trump reportedly sees her husband’s tweetstorms as “damaging” and advises him to control himself on the social network. Trump aides supposedly credit the first lady, as well as the president’s busy schedule, for his relatively sedate tweets during his nine-day international trip last month.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 27, 2017
But some doubt that the first lady’s presence at the White House will have any effect on Trump’s behavior and disposition. Vogue notes that Melania Trump was there when President Trump attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market last week.
Still, there are those who have high hopes for Melania Trump’s move to the White House.
“I’m very happy she’s moving here,” Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, said.
“She’s a strong influence and personality, and I think she comforts him.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 26, 2017
Melania Trump’s parents, Victor and Amalija Knavs, will help care for Barron but will not move full-time to Washington, D.C. It is unclear if Melania will continue to split her time between New York and the White House.
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