Melania Trump was seen for the first time in nearly two weeks on Sunday when she accompanied her husband, Donald Trump, to Mar-a-Lago for the traditional Easter brunch.
The former First Lady had not been seen in public or made any statements in the days preceding the weekend, fueling suspicion about Donald Trump’s indictment and incarceration.
Melania’s office spoke out for the first time since Donald’s arrest on Tuesday morning. The statement came two days after Melania made her first social media post since the indictment.
Currently, stories differ on how good – or horrible – Donald and Melania’s relationship is.
Though Melania was believed to be furious at her husband, insiders close to her say Donald sat down with her and urged her to stay by his side.
The inquiry against Donald Trump centers on an alleged $130,000 “hush money” payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
The indictment, verified by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, made Trump the first former president in US history to be charged with a crime. Trump is charged with 34 felony charges of falsifying company records.
He pleaded not guilty to falsifying company records to conceal embarrassing information before the 2016 presidential election (in other words, bribing Stormy Daniels not to divulge their affair).
In May 2018, he verified the existence of a non-disclosure agreement drafted by his attorney, Michael Cohen, with Daniels. However, the then-president maintained that no campaign funds were involved.
After appearing in court in New York City, Trump promptly flew back to Florida, where he delivered a speech to supporters, including numerous Republican officials, later that night.
“I never imagined something like this could happen in America, never imagined it could happen.” “The only crime I’ve committed is defending our country fearlessly against those who seek to destroy it,” Trump declared. “It’s an insult to our country.”
Prosecutors indicated last Tuesday, according to CNN, that they plan to present the scope of what they have discovered within the next 65 days. Trump’s legal team has until August 9 to file motions, and the prosecution has until September 19 to respond.
According to a person “who has been briefed on the procedures for the former president’s arraignment,” Trump was not handcuffed, placed in jail, or forced to take a mugshot.
The Secret Service, New York Court officials, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office had concluded that there was no cause to do so. The primary rationale for handcuffing defendants is that they may constitute a risk or harm to others. However, Trump was not determined to be either because Secret Service agents usually protect him.
Trump’s team said in a letter to Judge Juan Merchan that cameras in the courtroom should be denied “because it will create a circus-like atmosphere at the arraignment, raise unique security concerns, and is inconsistent with President Trump’s presumption of innocence.”
The next hearing in the Trump case has been scheduled for December 4.
It is unknown what happened in the courtroom. However, in an interview with Tucker Carlson last Wednesday, Trump expressed his perspective.
Regarding Tucker Carlson Tonight, Trump summarized the proceedings at the criminal court. He claimed that officials, including police officers, were crying and “pouring down their eyes.”
“They were incredible,” claimed the former president of his staff. “When I went to the courthouse, which is also a prison in a sense, they signed me in, and I’ll tell you, people were crying.”
“Those who work there.” Professionally, there are no issues with bringing in killers, and they see everyone,” he stated. “It’s a hard place, and they were crying.” They were sobbing. ‘I’m sorry,’ they said.
Furthermore, Trump has maintained that he is innocent and that no charges have been filed against him. While the former president remains in the spotlight, his wife, Melania Trump, has kept a modest profile.
Melania Trump broke her quiet for the first time since her husband’s arrest by tweeting on her social media platforms during Easter.
“Happy Easter!” Melania posted a photo of a rose on Twitter.
Melania Trump was seen for the first time since Donald’s arrest as she joined her husband for Easter supper at Mar-a-Lago. The former First Lady and her husband were greeted with a standing ovation as they entered the ballroom at the Palm Beach, Florida-based private club.
An insider told PageSix that Tiffany Trump and her husband, Michael Boulos, and Melania’s parents were present to celebrate Easter.
Another source told the tabloid that despite Melania’s recent public absence, Donald and Melania’s relationship is not as strained as people believe.
“The Donald and Melania Trump families are closer than ever.” She is pleased with his renewed emphasis on family and family life. “She has asked him to be there for Barron, and he has, and she has told him she will support him,” a source told PageSix.
“[Public] appearances during this [time] are critical… with regular appearances.” The fact that Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] have stood down makes it more appealing for her to stand forward.”
Following his not-guilty plea in New York, Donald returned to Florida and delivered a speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Melania was not to be found, and Donald didn’t even mention her in his speech, which was probably telling.
Melania also declined to attend the indictment charges hearing in New York. But according to a PageSix source, Trump begged his wife to return to his side as he tried to rally support from his voters moving forward.
“He told her, ‘I really need you for this because we are going to be campaigning,’” the person claimed.
“They had a major talk over the weekend, and she has … agreed to be on board.”
So why has Melania done her utmost to remain outside of the spotlight? According to Lauren Wright, a political scientist at Princeton University, it was a deliberate choice.
“Throughout Trump’s presidency, when the Stormy Daniels issue came up, Melania would assert her independence in one way or another, either avoiding the topic or, most famously, contradicting those who claimed to know her feelings about the alleged extramarital dalliance,” she told the Daily Mail.
Yet all might not be as calm and settled as it seems, despite Melania being seen in public with her husband again.
According to former White House aide Stephanie Grisham, Melania will likely not support her husband in the courtroom moving forward.
Melania’s former Chief of Staff told Inside Edition that Melania doesn’t have any sympathy for Donald, as she’s furious about what he did.
“I would be very surprised.” “I’d be surprised if she appeared in court,” Grisham added.
“Because it has to do with Stormy Daniels. It’s not in her to stick by her man in such a situation.”
“She’s not giving him much moral support, and I’m sure she’s thinking, ‘You got yourself into this mess.’” “I’m not going to walk alongside you and support you as you try to get out of it,” she added.
Furthermore, Stephanie stated that Melania was horrified with Donald after learning about his alleged involvement with Daniels.
“She always told me, ‘This is his problem,’” Grisham recalled.
However, there are differing opinions on the matter. For the holiday meal at Easter, a source told PageSix that Melania didn’t want anyone accompanying her and her husband.
“She wanted just to be alone with him; that was her request. The fact it was the two of them alone was a big statement. This was a statement [saying], ‘We are together, I stand by my husband,’” the source told PageSix.
“It was two of them, and they had roped off the table. I think she wanted to show support but didn’t want to have to talk about any of this s–t.”
When Trump announced his Presidential bid for 2024, sources close to Melania argued that she was not interested in returning to the White House for a potential second term.
According to CNN, Melania told several friends she doesn’t intend to become First Lady again. She’s done with living in the White House and wants a more private life.
“Being the first lady again is not what she wants,” one person close to the Trump family told CNN back in September of last year.
“For her, it was a chapter — and it’s over, and that’s that.”
Furthermore, Melania doesn’t believe that political work for the Republican Party is her job, but rather her husband’s.
“You’re not going to see her at rallies or campaign events, even if he ‘officially’ says he’s running again,” another person said.
“Instead, it’s going to be Lara (Eric Trump’s wife) or Kimberly Guilfoyle (Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend). They have that same urge Trump has to run again; Melania does not.”
There’s been a lot said regarding Melania Trump’s absence – and her plans for the future – in recent weeks. As mentioned, she briefly returned to social media to wish her followers a happy Easter. But on Tuesday, the former First Lady put out a public statement.
In it, she fired back at “assumptions” made over her absence from her husband’s appearance in court and post-arraignment speech.
“News organizations have made assumptions about the former First Lady’s stance on personal, professional, and political subjects over the past few weeks. In these articles, unnamed sources are cited to bolster the author’s claims,” the statement from Melania Trump’s office read.
“We ask readers to exercise caution and good judgment when determining whether or not stories concerning the former First Lady are accurate, particularly when they fail to cite Mrs. Trump as a source of information.”
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