Melania Trump, MIA

In the New York Times profile, Mrs. Trump does not seem to play a regular role in her husband's daily routine.

There is a pretty lengthy profile in the New York Times by Maggie Haberman about Donald Trump's routine in the White House. The President is dismissing the profile.

Interestingly, he tweeted that out shortly after CNN has discussed that very portion of the story about the President watching CNN, MSNBC, and hate watching Don Lemon. But that's besides the point. He denies it.

What is interesting to me is that multiple people inside the White House tell me they worry about the President's friends and staff talking to Maggie Haberman, the reporter who wrote the piece. On at least two separate occasions, including once with people working for the President's response to the Mueller investigation, people in the White House have told me they get very frustrated by White House staff and Presidential friends talking to Haberman and, despite multiple demands that it stop, it has continued. That makes this story more credible in my mind.

What is most striking about the story to me is that Mrs. Trump is nowhere to be found in it. The President starts watching television before dawn, from his bed, which suggests she is not present. There is also no mention of his youngest son. Here's why that is striking to me -- family tend to be the closest support group for anyone, particularly the leader of the free world. But it seems the President is not often surrounded by his family as a source for comfort. He reaches out to others by phone and chats with them, some who clearly hope to rile him up on various news.

If the President is not relying on his wife and spending time as part of a regular routine with his family, that's not a good or mentally healthy thing and I hope his family will work to have more family time with him.

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Rhirsch
Rhirsch

There have been several times Mrs. Trump has attended functions without her husband being present and every time she has been lambasted and criticized by the press and people who don't like her for her being married to a man who, while being very caustic and unconventional is trying to deliver on his agenda. My feeling is that they ( Mr. and Mrs. Trump) along with the family has chosen to let the heat fall on The President and shield Malania and their son some from those that will never have anything good to say about them. Personally, I think she is a stunning woman with great manners and taste and could easily speak her mind in intelligent conversation and public functions.

napleslover
napleslover

After living in the Trump's three story penthouse in Trump Tower in NYC, it wouldn't surprise me if Melania and Barron hate living in the White House. It's a big come down from living in Trump's palace (24 ct. gold leaf on Roman columns, a hall of mirrors patterned after Versailles). Plus, flying on Air Force One is not nearly as nice as flying on Trump's private jet. The Trump's are probably the only family that has lived there that do not appreciate the beauty and elegance of the White House. They were too spoiled by Trump's palace apartment in NYC.

MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

If anyone is expecting to see a normal family, with the President, any President, they are expecting too much. I imagine that is one of the toughest jobs to hold together. The job almost demands the husband and wife be apart, whether or not in front of a camera. The newsies are going to do and say anything they can about any potential problem their little minds can come up with. Take the White House Press Corp. If there isn't a word that can be minced into something coming out of that bunch, they will create one, just to keep the pot stirred. I think Melania Trump is doing just fine representing her part of the equation and that she is not the one who should be getting all the attention. It's just silly to think there will ever be a kind word said about this presidency, much less the family setting.

thewordgirl
thewordgirl

But from what I understand, she and Barron moved into the White House several months back. She probably just doesn't interact with him much at all; likely a communication gap, or chasm, there.

FloridaMan
FloridaMan

It's been known all year that Melania lives in New York with her youngest son. Theories are abound for why this is (I think it's because it makes it so much easier to milk taxpayer money for SS protection, he's making a killing on it) but the point is no, his wife is not a present fixture in his daily life.