Melania Trump was not present with Donald Trump when he faced criminal charges in New York. She also did not attend the former US president’s speech at their joint residence in Florida. Speaking to his supporters, Trump thanked the family, but not his wife, the media noted, writing about the former first lady’s “noticeable absence” and “deliberate silence”.
Donald Trump performed in front of his supporters at the Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida hours after he was indicted and became the first in history former US president who was formally detained and facing criminal charges. During the speech, he commented on the allegations, saying that he “never thought something like this could happen in America.”
The former president also thanked his family, emphasizing that he built his “fantastic business” with them. Some of his relatives were present at the speech in a residence in Florida: sons Donald Jr. and Eric, daughter Tiffany Trump and father Melania Trump, Viktor Knavs. Ivanka Trump was absent from Florida in 2022, she announced that she would not support her father’s bid for re-election in 2024 and Barron, Trump’s youngest child. While thanking for the support, Trump did mention the names of all his children. He did not mention his wife, Melania Trump, who has not appeared in public recently.
Media: “Gross omission” of the former first lady
The Guardian writes about the former first lady’s “noticeable absence” and the Independent about her “flagrant omission” in Trump’s speech on Tuesday. The daily quotes the statement of former colleague and friend of Melania Trump – Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Speaking to Page Six, she said the former first lady “still won’t leave” her husband and lives in an “ivory tower of denial.” – I never expected to see her there (during a speech in Mar-a-Lago – ed.); Her silence is deliberate, it’s her favorite weapon and protective armor, Wolkoff assessed.
In turn, the magazine “People” after Trump’s speech on Tuesday noted that even before the politician and businessman was indicted, it received information from an anonymous source, according to which Melania Trump is still in a residence in Florida “despite the legal problems that threaten her husband.” At the same time, “she remains furious and does not want to hear a word (about the case – ed.)”.
Melania Trump on her private life
Melania Trump rarely speaks in public and is reluctant to comment on her private life. When in 2018 in a television interview with ABC News was asked if the rumors about Donald Trump’s affairs had a negative impact on their marriage, she replied: “I am a mother and the first lady. I have much more important things on my mind.” She also admitted that speculation about marriage “isn’t always pleasant.” “But I know what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s true and what’s a lie,” she added.
The Guardian, The Independent, People, tvn24.pl
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