Where was Melania Trump?
Donald Trump has acknowledged that Melania Trump chose to forgo holiday celebrations to be with her unwell mother. In a New Year’s Eve address at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, the former president conveyed his well-wishes for a speedy recovery to his mother-in-law, Amalija Knavs, describing the situation as challenging.
Speculation arose about Melania’s absence when Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée, posted a Christmas photo on Instagram featuring much of the Trump family at the Palm Beach resort. A source close to Melania informed Fox News that her devotion to family, especially during challenging times, led her to spend Christmas with her ailing mother.
The posted image included Melania’s father, Viktor, and her son with Donald Trump, Barron. During a recorded segment of Trump’s New Year’s Eve event, he acknowledged Melania’s absence and updated attendees on the situation, expressing hope for Amalija’s swift recovery.
Since leaving the White House in 2021, Melania has maintained a low public profile and refrained from accompanying her husband on the 2024 campaign trail or at court appearances. She has made sporadic public appearances, notably giving a speech at a National Archives swearing-in ceremony in December.
Laurence Leamer, author of the book “Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace,” recently claimed Melania leads a secluded life in Florida. Despite not participating in rallies, Melania endorsed Trump’s candidacy in a May interview with Fox News, expressing optimism about “restoring hope for the future” and leading with “love and strength.” As Trump looks forward to 2024, he conveyed a message of revitalizing the country in his New Year’s Eve speech, emphasizing the goal to “make America great again.”
President Trump at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve 2023! pic.twitter.com/YmUSIJ8QHI
— Shannon Ford (@shannonfordUSA) January 1, 2024