- First Lady Melania Trump has learned she will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden when her husband tweets about it, CNN reported on Thursday.
- Prior to the president’s tweet on January 8, the first lady was unsure whether he would break with tradition and refuse to attend, symbolically undermining the peaceful transfer of power.
- The first lady has largely remained silent about her husband’s campaign to overturn the election result in 2020, but seems to support his efforts, calling for “fair elections” after his loss.
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First Lady Melania Trump has realized that she will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in the same way as the rest of us: through her husband̵
A senior White House official told CNN on Thursday that the first lady was unsure whether the president would break with tradition and refuse to attend the inauguration, symbolically undermining the peaceful transfer of power. She learned that she and her husband would not be present when he tweeted about it on January 8.
“It’s not the first time she’s learned what he’s doing because he wrote it on Twitter before he told her,” a White House official told CNN.
The first lady has largely remained silent about her husband’s months-long campaign to overturn the 2020 election, although she appears to support his efforts, calling for a “fair election” after his loss.
“The American people deserve fair elections,” she tweeted the day after news outlets announced Biden as president-elect. “Every legal vote, not an illegal one, must be counted. We must defend our democracy with full transparency.”
But even as the president struggles to stay in the White House, the first lady has spent the past two months preparing for life after Washington. She packed her bags, packed up and sent the family’s belongings to the Mar-a-Lago presidential resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and arranged for her son Barron to attend school in Florida.
After being silent for five days after the January 6 protest against Trump in the Capitol, the first lady issued a statement Monday expressing sympathy for the dead rebels and police and accusing critics of spreading “malicious gossip” about her.
“I find it shameful that these tragic events have been the subject of harsh gossip, unjustified personal attacks and false misleading accusations against me – by people who seek to relate and have an agenda,” she said.