Wait, Melania Trump May Not Even Live in the White House

We knew they had separate bedrooms. But they may be in separate homes. 

A recent profile on Melania Trump by The New York Times offered up some interesting nuggets about her marriage to the president. Like, their rapport with each other isn’t particularly warm, even when they’re in private. Also, it appears the First Lady prefers to be away from her husband rather than by his side. (Well, the world has witnessed that.)

“In private, a former White House official said, Mr. and Mrs. Trump give the impression that they like one another, but their rapport is not particularly warm,” the NYT reports. “One person who has spent a considerable amount of time around her said Mrs. Trump was far more relaxed outside the presence of her husband than when he was around.”

But perhaps the most baffling part of the piece was the question of whether Melania even lives in the White House. We knew they had separate bedrooms, but separate homes? It’s very likely.

“Very few people are privy to the inner details of her life. Her aides regularly deny a widespread belief that Mrs. Trump lives outside the White House with her parents, near Barron’s school in Maryland,” says the report. “A White House official said her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, split their time among an apartment in Trump Tower, Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and the suite in the White House once used by Mrs. Obama’s mother.”

Maybe that’s why she occasionally goes missing for long stretches of time.

As for what she is actually doing, sources say she’s “the strongest voice in the president’s life.”

“Several people in the president’s orbit have relied on Mrs. Trump to try to get back in Mr. Trump’s good graces when they have found themselves criticized or on the outs,” says the report.

Melania’s also:

“Worked with the kitchen staff to arrange more-healthful meals for her husband — though he still prefers two scoops of ice cream for dessert.”

“She does regular Pilates workouts and consults with the White House Historical Association on residence renovations and upkeep.”

“She maintains a separate bedroom from her husband, and when the two travel, they stay in separate hotel suites.”

Outside of her social schedule, she hangs mostly with a few friends in New York and her sister, Ines Knauss, who lives a few blocks from Trump Tower. Anyone but her husband, really. 

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