Melania Trump is leaving New York City for Washington, D.C. next week, according to a new report. Initially the first lady and Barron Trump were slated to move at the end of June, but they’re doing it sooner than planned.
Politico reports that Barron just finished the school year in Manhattan and now he and his mother are ready to move into the place they’ll call home during Donald’s term as president.
Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who niches in the studies of first ladies, believes Melania’s presence at the White House will provide an “air of stability” in Trump’s presidency.
“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” Jellison says.
“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.”
Sam Nunberg, a former aide for the Trump campaign who’s spent a great deal of time with Donald and Melania, is glad the first lady is moving to Washington during this time.
“I’m very happy she’s moving here,” said Nunberg. “She’s a strong influence and personality, and I think she comforts him.”
Will the public get a chance to see more of Melania Trump when she makes 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue her new address? White House aides say whenever Melania Trump has been in town, she wasn’t around the hustle and bustle of staffers entering and leaving the Oval Office during the day. She usually showed up before or after a function she was a part of. Instead, she prefers to stay in the East Wing with her small staff of aides.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 7, 2017
Donald Trump’s in-laws will be visiting the family often. Victor and Amalija Knavs help care for Barron and also live at Trump Tower. The two spend the majority of their weekends at Mar-a-Lago or at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Many recall Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, living at the White House to help care for Malia and Sasha Obama. It also provided a nice family atmosphere throughout Obama’s presidency.
The report states that Melania Trump’s move to the White House is “seen internally as a major shift for a president who has grown increasingly cheerless in his job, lashing out at aides in frustration and taking out his anger over how he thinks he is being treated on Twitter.” Of course, it’s not expected that Melania will be able to tame her husband’s tweeting habits in Washington. Although she was credited for Trump taking a nine-day hiatus from Twitter during their first overseas trip, she’s unable to fully keep him from writing a lot of damaging messages on Twitter. One of her pledges as first lady was to fight cyber bullying, but she’s criticized for not succeeding at home first with her husband.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 8, 2017
Will Melania Trump moving to the White House soften the president’s image? Some are hoping for just that, but all of the scrutiny Trump is under in regards to his scandals won’t cease because of it. It’s possible Donald Trump will have more restful periods at the White House with the steady presence of his wife around. While it’s true the president doesn’t get much sleep and any breaks he takes at the White House is brief, there’s a glimmer of hope that less tension in the Oval Office will be felt with Melania at the residence.
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