Melania Trump Officially Heading To Washington, Gearing Up To Jump Into Her Role

First Lady Melania Trump remained behind when President Donald Trump took office in January. Mrs. Trump continued living in the couple's lavish New York City penthouse at Trump Tower, only occasionally joining her husband for events, or making appearances as FLOTUS. Many wondered if she was ever going to embrace her new role and what that position means to the American people. It seems the time has come; Melania's move is in the works.

The FLOTUS didn't just remain behind in New York City because she likes the shopping and pizza. The very doting mother stayed behind with 11-year-old son, Barron, so that he could finish out the school year. It was important to the president and the first lady to help Barron with the big transition, and Melania stayed behind to take care of her only child, the president's fifth and youngest child.

But the White House has said that after the school year was over, the FLOTUS would be getting on track with her husband. Sure enough, that's beginning to happen. Mrs. Trump has reportedly been spending more time at the White House making preparations for her move. She's been working on making the residence ready for her and Barron to move in, as well as working in her office in the East Wing.

Mrs. Trump's calendar has been filling up with events for when she makes that final move, set to take place on June 14. She's also hiring more staff. Up until now, she's been operating with a virtual skeleton crew - she has only half the number of the aides that her predecessors have had. Reports from the White House say new hiring interviews are underway.

The long-anticipated move to the White House has many breathing a sigh of relief. Security detail to keep the first lady safe in New York has been a hot-button issue, and the City of New York has complained about the expense and required manpower for protecting Mrs. Trump. However, Mrs. Trump's life is her own, despite who her husband might be, and thus no one in good conscience can force her to live somewhere if she doesn't want to live there.

Mrs. Trump also happens to be coming at a time when there is a lot of heat on her husband's administration. Investigations into Trump's aides are ongoing, and it's unlikely that's going to change. It may give the president a little relief, however, to have his wife by his side again.

"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,” said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University. Jellison specializes in first lady studies. “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.”

Everyone is looking forward to seeing Melania take a more active approach to her new role.

Source: The Hill
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