Throughout the 2016 election and its plethora of scandals, Melania Trump has proudly stood by her husband, President Donald Trump — but lately, the 47-year-old has been keeping her distance from the POTUS. In mid-January, In Touch Weekly revealed new details about adult film star Stormy Daniels‘ alleged past affair with Donald and since then, the First Lady has gone the extra mile to stay out of the public eye. Though Melania reemerged at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, many people have been wondering where she’s been the rest of this month — scroll down to see!
Friday, Jan. 12
Shortly after Donald and Stormy’s alleged affair made headlines, Melania seemingly ignored the rumors and jetted off with the President to their Palm Beach, FL resort, Mar-a-Lago, for the weekend. During the trip, she not only stayed away from the cameras but according to CNN, she was also absent from two dinners that Trump had scheduled.
Donald and Melania returning to the White House on Jan. 15.
Saturday, Jan. 20
One week later, the First Lady was still keeping a low profile, though she did commemorate the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration with a very telling Twitter post. Instead of sharing a photo of herself and her husband at the event, Melania chose to post a picture of herself alongside a man in uniform — and didn’t even mention the President.
This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/MMRi72ENd0
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 20, 2018
Thursday, Jan. 25
Melania’s odd behavior didn’t stop with her Inauguration tweet. Though she was scheduled to accompany her husband on a trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland a week later, she pulled out of the appearance at the last minute. Her communications director later said that her cancellation was due to a “scheduling and logistical issue.”
Instead, the First Lady made an impromptu visit to The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., shortly ahead of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance. Following her visit, Melania boarded a plane solo and arrived at Mar-a-Lago, where she spent the day melting the stress away with spa treatments — a short trip that People reported cost a whopping $64,000!
Thank you @HolocaustMuseum for a powerful & moving tour that honors the millions of innocent lives lost, and educates us on the tragedies and effects of the holocaust. #WeRemember #AskWhy pic.twitter.com/za8MN6pKRZ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 25, 2018
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Mrs. Trump finally returned to the public eye for the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30 — though her arrival spoke volumes. Instead of riding to the event with the President, Melania broke tradition and chose to ride with several of the guests she invited to the event. According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, the First Lady went without Trump, for “no reason other than she can greet the guests and he can go straight in.”
Once there, a pantsuit-clad Melania sat in her designated box alongside her 15 invited guests and went through the motions. Viewers interestingly couldn’t help but notice that her white ensemble was reminiscent of the pantsuits Trump’s opponent Hilary Clinton is known for! Her wardrobe aside, it’s hard not to think that her month spent in obscurity was her silent way of sending a message to her husband. Stay tuned, folks!
Melania at the SOTU.