Melania Trump on Tuesday blasted “presumptions” about her stance on personal and political matters, but her statement did not mention husband Donald Trump by name and whether or not she intended to support him during the indictment and other legal investigations.
In a short statement posted to Twitter, Melania Trump’s office noted: “News organizations have made assumptions about the former First Lady’s position on personal, professional, and political topics over the past few weeks. In these articles, unnamed sources are cited to support the author’s claims.
“We ask that readers use caution and good judgment when determining whether or not stories about the former first lady are accurate, particularly when they fail to cite Ms. Trump as a source of information.”
But notably absent is any mention of her husband and the legal battle he is facing in New York over hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump when he was married to Melania.
Various reports stated that the former First Lady stands by her husband, who denied the affair; Angry is busy, raising their son, Barron; and intends to campaign with him.
But Melania Trump herself has yet to speak out.
And her statement — her first since Donald Trump was impeached — still leaves many questions about her level of support for her husband.
She did not join him in New York when he was formally arrested and charged with more than 30 criminal charges. And she was notably absent when the former president made a speech in Mar-a-Lago absolving him of the charges against him.
But she did join Donald Trump for Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, where she sat next to her husband to mark the occasion.
Videos posted online showed her and the former president entering the ornate Mar-a-Lago ballroom, to standing ovations from the audience. The couple sat alone with red velvet ropes obscuring their large table from the rest of the holiday-goers.
Melania has been seen chatting with Donald Trump, leaning in to talk to him while he’s eating. Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago is a couple’s tradition. Even during Trump’s presidency, they vacationed together at the “Southern White House.”
Social media users posted pictures of the couple on the dance floor together. Mar-a-Lago offers a lavish Easter brunch for its members with a huge buffet that includes oysters, shrimp, and champagne. There is also an Easter egg hunt in the club grounds for kids dressed up as the Easter Bunny and other children’s characters.
It was the first time Melania had been seen alongside Donald Trump since her notable absence from his speech on Tuesday at their Palm Beach home. In his statements, he criticized the indictment he faces for falsifying business records in connection with hush money payments he allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former janitor.
Melania Trump released her first statement since Donald Trump’s indictment — above the former first lady was seen in New York in July
Melania Trump joined Donald Trump for Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago
Former President Donald Trump and Melania received a warm welcome when they entered the hall
Melania has not been seen in public since March 30 — the evening it was announced that Trump would be impeached by Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg.
The former first lady earlier broke her broadcast silence online with a simple tweet, “Happy Easter!” message.
On Easter weekend, she wore a white dress with what appears to be a flower pattern across the shoulders and down the middle. The former president wore a pink tie with his dark suit.
On their table were pink and orange tulips. Mar-a-Lago is decorated for the holiday with papier-mâché bunnies and pink roses.
Donald Trump seems to have worked the hall. Many users on social media posted selfies with the former president.
But Melania, 52,’s sigh was remarkable after she kept her distance during the most public parts of Donald Trump’s indictment.
She didn’t join him in New York last week When he turned himself in to authorities, he pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges.
Nor did she take part in his rally in Mar-a-Lago in the aftermath when the former president gave a speech that included a private shout-out to all his children – but made no mention of his wife.
Caught between the former president’s two eldest sons, her father Victor Knavs was present to speak, while the former first lady was mysteriously absent. He was in high esteem in the first class that puts him directly in the eyes of the cameras.
Instead, it’s been taken over by social media users, who post their tags when they see the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago, which doubles as a private club in addition to the couple’s Florida residence.
At night The indictment was announced, and Melania was at Donald Trump’s side in a public display of force that social media users were obsessed with.
The couple dined with friends at their usual, highly visible Mar-a-Lago table.
The former first lady was wearing a bright red dress, which made it easy to see her next to it.
Melania and Donald Trump ate Easter brunch alone at their table
Victor Knavs – Melania Trump’s father – stands between Eric and Lara Trump, Don Jr. and his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle; Tiffany Trump and husband Michael Paul are shown right — but Melania Trump was missing from Donald Trump’s April 4 speech in Mar-a-Lago
It’s still not clear why she skipped his speech, but sources previously told DailyMail.com that she was hurt and angry about allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
The former first lady faces up to a year and a half of having her soiled clothes publicly washed as the criminal case continues in New York.
Those who know her well now say she is choosing to stay out of the spotlight to protect herself from news of her husband’s infidelity.
Before the indictment was announced last week, a source told PEOPLE that Melania “lives her own life” and “still feels happy” at Mar-a-Lago, but “she remains angry and doesn’t want to hear” about the alleged $130,000. . In silent money to daniels.
Lauren Wright, a professor of political science at Princeton University, told DailyMail.com that she was “not surprised that Melania was nowhere to be found in her husband’s letter after the impeachment was made.
“Throughout the Trump presidency, when the Stormy Daniels affair came to light, Melania had been asserting her independence in one way or another, either avoiding the topic or, more famously, contradicting those who claimed to know her feelings about alleged extramarital foreplay,” she noted. .
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide and friend, said she believed Melania’s recent silence and disappearance from the scene was intentional.
“It’s her weapon of choice and her shield,” she says.
In contrast, Donald Trump was out. He was greeted with huge cheers in Miami on Saturday night as he took his front row seat to UFC 287 alongside organization president Dana White.
Join other celebrities including Kid Rock and Mike Tyson to watch not only the main event between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira, but also the fight between MAGA supporter Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. Melania Trump was not present at the event.
Mar-a-Lago Resort hosted an Easter brunch with activities for the kids
Some Mar-a-Lago holiday decor
Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – New York case linked to $130,000 hush money payments to Daniels
Melania had previously disappeared into the fray in January 2018, days after the Wall Street Journal revealed Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels.
The report said Daniels was paid before the 2016 election to keep quiet about a relationship she said she had with Donald Trump a decade earlier – when the Trumps were newlyweds and shortly after Melania gave birth to their son.
Then President Trump immediately denied everything.
At the time, Melania Trump, then the first lady, canceled her plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos with Trump. It was set to go.
Instead, she visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. with her mother and then traveled to Mar-a-Lago, to indulge in the on-site spa.