Melania Trump stands by her husband, a source close to the former first lady told DailyMail.com, despite any lingering anger toward him as Donald Trump faces a criminal indictment related to charges of making hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
‘Mrs. Trump is strong. She is focusing on her family and standing behind her husband, as she always has,” the source told DailyMail.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Over the past seven years, the left has made multiple attempts to defame and attack her family and this is just the last attempt to bring him down.”
The statement of support is a change of tactic for Melania Trump, who was furious when reports surfaced of Trump’s extramarital affair with Daniels. He denied the order and any wrongdoings.
Ivanka Trump, who is said to be estranged from her father, also expressed her support for him on Friday as the family closes the circle around the patriarch in his hour of legal need.
Donald Trump, 76, will be called into Manhattan at 2.15pm on Tuesday. The exact fee has not been revealed yet but reports suggest that there are more than 30 accounts involved.
Donald and Melania Trump were seen Thursday night at an event in Mar-a-Lago, their Florida home, and will stand by him in the indictment, a source close to her tells DailyMail.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Sources speculated that Melania Trump is not expected to accompany the former president to New York when he stands trial on Tuesday, but plans could change before then.
She is currently with the ex-boss at their Mar-a-Lago home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she is literally photographed next to him.
The couple dined together, sat next to each other in the private club’s ornate dining room, and worked around the room, staying next to each other, according to photos posted on social media.
Melania Trump wore a bright red dress, making it easy to take in the cowl.
For the former first lady, who often lets her outfit do the talking for her, that was a bold statement.
And if the historic case, the first against a former president, goes to trial, it will have a strong presence in the courtroom, standing by him as he faces a jury.
Her presence there could also bolster his case in other ways, particularly if his lawyers use the “Melania Trump” defense.
Investigators were looking into whether Daniels’ $130,000 payment violated federal campaign finance laws.
Donald Trump’s legal team has publicly argued that the payment had nothing to do with winning the presidential election but rather about saving Donald Trump himself from embarrassment and protecting his marriage to Melania.
“It’s not directly about the campaign,” Trump attorney Joe Tacopina said in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America earlier this month. “He made this with personal money to prevent something (that) was false but embarrassing to himself, his family and his little son coming out.”
The Trump family can be seen dining among Mar-a-Lago guests (left, with their backs to the camera): Melania’s red dress is visible, as is the former president’s signature hair
Melania Trump with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on November 15, 2022, when he announced he would run for the White House again
The charges remain undetermined, marking the first time in history that a former president has faced a criminal case – and the exact allegations are expected to be announced in the coming days; The indictment marks the end of a year-long investigation into the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, for allegedly covering up their relationship.
Sources told DailyMail.com earlier this month that the former president feared Melania Trump would leave him if the affair was exposed.
Trump was so beside himself that Melania would find out the details of his indiscretions – an indiscretion with a porn star no less.
“He knew what the consequences could be and would do everything he could to curb it,” a source said.
In previous scandals, Melania Trump has stood by her husband.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, when an old Access Hollywood interview showed Donald Trump speaking disparagingly about women, she supported him and publicly defended him in a CNN interview.
But the former first lady was furious when news of the Stormy Daniels affair broke five years ago. She had blinded her when it broke.
So it was noteworthy, when the Wall Street Journal revealed how much Daniels had been paid in January 2018, Melania Trump remained silent.
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.
Her first public appearance after the revelation was at Trump’s State of the Union address. She was wearing a white suit and was accompanied by an attractive young military officer.
Now, on Friday, she joined the rest of Donald Trump’s family in showing her support for him.
Earlier that day, Ivanka Trump released a brief statement saying, “I love my dad” and that she felt the pain for him and the country.
I love my parents and I love my country. Today I ache for both of them,” she wrote in a post that appeared on her Instagram Stories.
“I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern,” she added.
It appears that Ivanka and her father’s relationship has been strained since he left the White House.
The two were close there — she served as a consultant in his administration and Trump was clear in his admiration for her and her skills.
In January 2018, when news of the Stormy Daniels affair broke, Melania Trump was furious with her husband and canceled a trip with him to Davos, Switzerland — her first public outing after the new above, when Trump attended the 2018 State of the Union address.
The Trump family has declared their public support for Donald Trump – The clan above is pictured at Ivana Trump’s funeral in July 2022 – Donald, Melania, Barron, Ivank and Eric front row with Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr pictured. steps above them
Ivanka Trump released a statement of support for her father
But during the congressional hearings on the Jan. 6 uprising, Ivanka Trump revealed that she didn’t believe her father’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Aides revealed that Ivanka Trump tried to persuade her father to act that day – to call off his supporters as they swarmed the Capitol. She also expressed support for then-Vice President Mike Pence, who resisted pressure from President Trump to return the results of the 2020 election to the states.
Ivanka Trump refused to join her father’s 2024 presidential campaign and was not there when he announced his candidacy for another term.
“This time around, I’m choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we create as a family,” she said in a statement hours after his announcement.
I do not plan to get involved in politics. While I will always love and support my father, I will do so outside the political arena. ‘
She was one of the last of the former president’s children to speak. Tiffany Trump has not made a statement, but she rarely speaks publicly. And Barron Trump is still in high school.
Trump’s eldest son came out to his defense shortly after the indictment was revealed on Thursday night.
Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the former president He criticized the “crazy arming of the entire federal government against political enemies” – calling his father’s indictment “communist level”.
After the indictment was issued, h“Let’s be clear, folks,” e said in Rumble’s “Triggered with Donald Trump Jr.” This is like a communist level s**t. These are the things that would make Mao Stalin Pol Pot.
‘It will make them blush. It’s too stark. It’s so crazy that even the far-left Washington Post says it’s not really based on facts.
For those people who said this isn’t real, Trump makes it up, that’s not a real problem for us … if you don’t think arming the entire federal government against their political enemies, against voters – about half as we’ve seen, if you don’t think that This is a problem, you don’t even belong to any position in the government, let alone the president.
And Eric Trump He criticized the indictment in an interview with DailyMail.com, calling it a “ruthless attack” and an example of “the decline of American law”.
“This is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year,” he said.
He continued, “They attack my father mercilessly because he dared to challenge the political elite.” “This is Symptom A of the decline of American law.”
Donald Trump has claimed to be a victim of the weaponization of the federal government. He claims that the legal investigations against him are politically motivated by Democrats who want him removed from the White House.