White House correspondent, Jan 31 (Just News): First Lady of the United States and wife of the 45th US President Donald Trump, Melania Trump arrived separately at his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Melania broke with a longstanding tradition by opting to ride with the guests she invited to share her box during her husband’s speech.
The first lady and president traveled in separate cars for the short ride from the White House to the Capitol building.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN that the former model arrived separately for “no reason other than she can greet the guests and he can go straight in.”
Melania wore a cream Dior pantsuit with a Dolce & Gabbana blouse for her husband’s speech and she trended on Twitter as her husband spoke on Tuesday, with several commenters tweeting that she looked miserable. “I’ve never seen a woman so visibly despise her husband the way Melania Trump looks tonight,” one wrote. Others simply commented that she looked “beautiful.”
The first lady took her seat in a special box, between New Mexico police Officer Ryan Holets and 12-year-old Preston Sharp, two of the guests who were part of what she deemed in an earlier tweet an "honorable group" of notable heroes and survivors. Holets adopted the baby of an opioid-addicted mother, and Sharp organized an effort to place 40,000 flags and flowers at the graves of soldiers.
During their eight-year presidencies, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and George and Laura Bush walked together to the same limo for the drive to the Capitol for the State of the Union address. In February 2017, the former reality TV star and his wife rode in the same car for Trump’s first Joint Session of Congress.
As for why the first lady opted not to ride to the big speech with her husband, Grisham said Trump is "honoring her guests for the true heroes they are."
"In addition to holding a White House reception and photo opportunity for them, along with their friends and family, she is accompanying them to the Capitol," Grisham said in a statement. "Once there, the first lady and Mrs. Pence will host a more intimate meet-and-greet to engage with them on a personal level prior to the speech."
Melania appearance comes after she abruptly canceled a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland, with her husband amid allegations that he had an affair with adult actress Daniels in 2006, shortly after Melania gave birth to son Barron. She opted to travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, instead, and her change of plans added to speculation about a possible rift between the couple.
Daniels denied on Tuesday that she had an affair with Trump.