In less than a week, the Trump family will be moving out of the White House and making way for Joe Biden.
However, it’s been reported that Melania Trump is packing up their things ‘undercover’ to avoid causing President Donald Trump too much distress.
“They have been going ahead with the move, but they had to do some of it undercover because they do not want to upset (President) Trump." Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies told CNN.
Another White House insider told the publication: "(Melania Trump) is not sad to be leaving."
It’s also reported that Melania found out from her husband’s Twitter account that the couple won’t be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.
“It’s not the first time she has learned what he was doing because he tweeted it before he told her,” a source told the publication.
The First Lady is said to be prepping the family’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida for when their White House tenure comes to an end.
"She just wants to go home," a source told CNN, revealing that rumours of Donald Trump perhaps trying his arm at the presidential bid in 2024 "might not go over well" with the First Lady.
It was previously reported that Melania has privately been “determining what to put in storage, what goes to Trump’s New York City digs, and what should be tagged for shipment to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida”.
Melania Trump was reportedly photographing rugs in the White House for her coffee table book.
According to CNN, the First Lady, who remained silent on social media, was spotted with professional lighting and videography by a source outside the White House.
"Photos were being taken of rugs and other items in the Executive Residence and the East Wing," the insider said.
People online expressed their shock at Melania going ahead with the alleged photoshoot, while just a short distance away, rioters stormed the US Capitol in an assault on American democracy.
“So glad #MelaniaTrump gets to spend time with #selfcare. Life has been so stressful for her. Who could begrudge her that while rampaging hordes overrun the Capitol and people are dying in droves?!” one person wrote.
“Melania was busy getting a photo shoot for her new book. I kid you not. That is real,” another said.
One person simply called the First Lady’s reported photoshoot ‘disgraceful’.
Melania’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, resigned after the riots, as did White House social secretary, Anna Cristina "Rickie" Niceta.
"I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week," Melania wrote in a White House blog post.
“I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations on me - from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.
"This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.
"Our Nation must heal in a civil manner," she wrote. "Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation's Capitol. Violence is never acceptable."
People on Twitter had been questioning why Melania Trump had remained so silent throughout the riots for days.
Melania posted her White House blog post to her social media account on January 11th. Before that, she hadn’t posted on Twitter since January 2nd, when she wrote: “Wishing everyone a #HappyNewYear! May 2021 be filled with the blessings of joy, good health & peace throughout the year!”
Meanwhile, her step-daughter, Ivanka Trump, was called out for labelling rioters ‘American patriots’ in a tweet in which she called for an end to violence.
“American Patriots - any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop. Please be peaceful,” she wrote, in an attempt to stem increasing hostility in Washington DC.
However, her use of the term ‘patriots’ was quickly questioned.
CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett called out the senior advisor to the President on the social media platform, asking: “You're saying these people are ‘patriots’??”
The tweet was then deleted, but not before screenshots were shared.
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