Where is Melania Trump? First lady could join POTUS as he heads to Camp David for weekend
There has been no official statement from FLOTUS about her longtime aide quitting or about pro-Trump supporters storming the Capitol building while the election results were being certified
There has been no official confirmation about whether first lady Melania Trump will be accompanying President Trump as he leaves for the last weekend getaway of his presidency at Camp David tomorrow, on January 8. But it is likely since they arrived together at the White House on New Year's Eve.
President Trump's itinerary was confirmed by a White House official, according to a report. The Federal Aviation Administration on January 7, implemented temporary flight restrictions over Camp David.
The "temporary flight restrictions for VIP movement" is scheduled to take effect on Friday at 3:30 pm. This indicates that the president may depart the White House in the late afternoon on January 8. The restrictions are scheduled to end at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.
Trump last visited Camp David over Thanksgiving
The last time Trump visited was over Thanksgiving. He was accompanied by staff and family at the time. He might be accompanied by Melania Trump this time too as he leaves Washington DC after the January 6 riots.
Melania had returned to the White House on December 31 with President Trump from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Both had decided to skip their annual Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve celebration, alongside his family and friends, to return to Washington DC early before the January 6 vote.
This was the last time she was seen publically in a wool-blend $2,990 Balenciaga bubble coat, paired with sunglasses that hid her eyes and $1,690 Dior boots. She was seen holding President Trump's hand in a show of solidarity, at the time.
As news broke about Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, resigning, there was no official statement from FLOTUS about her longtime aide quitting. Grisham had been part of the Trump team since 2015. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews has also put in her papers.
No tweets from first lady Melania Trump's Twitter handles
No tweets have been sent out from Melania Trump's personal handle @MELANIATRUMP or the official @FLOTUS handle since the pro-Trump protests turned violent in the Capitol while the election results were being certified. The last tweet from the official @FLOTUS account was on January 1, 2021, which said: "Wishing everyone a #HappyNewYear! May 2021 be filled with the blessings of joy, good health & peace throughout the year!"
Wishing everyone a #HappyNewYear! May 2021 be filled with the blessings of joy, good health & peace throughout the year!— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 1, 2021
However, President Trump has been busy tweeting to rioters with messages like "We love you, you’re all very special," (now deleted) while asking them to go home and not attack the police. Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been blocked for the rest of his term and a number of his tweets were pulled down by Twitter.
The first family has not exactly favored Camp David as a retreat, preferring to go to Mar-a-Lago for breaks. However, there have been reports that Trump is "not happy" with his wife Melania's renovation work at the resort. This might be why Trump is heading to Camp David after it was revealed that "non-essential" travel to Scotland was not allowed during the pandemic. Before that, there were rumors that Trump had planned to spend Inauguration Day playing golf at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland.