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Melania Trump – How is She Doing So Far?

Melania Trump Washington DeregulationMelania Trump, First Lady of the United States, has generated much public interest. Unlike her outspoken husband, President Donald J. Trump, the first lady has remained more of a mystery. All eyes were upon her from the day Trump took office. The former fashion model paired a monochromatic powder blue jacket and dress with pointed stilettos and matching leather gloves to complete the classic look. The press gave her fashion choices favorable reviews, but wasted no time launching attacks on her introverted nature, describing it as a “stumbling block” and a “challenge.” Mrs. Trump has proven them wrong by wholeheartedly embracing her role as First Lady of the United States. In less than one year’s time, she has taken on difficult topics such as the opioid crisis, bullying, childhood health, and literacy. Her desire to create a brighter future for children has caused her to champion issues affecting them, including loneliness, peer pressure, and drugs. She expresses concern for people affected by tragedies and has continually demonstrated unwavering support for the police, fire departments, and the military.

Melania was born in the city of Novo Mesto, Slovenia, then called the Socialist Republic of Slovenia within Yugoslavia. She grew up in a modest home in a small communist town. Her father managed a car and motorcycle dealership for a state-owned vehicle manufacturer and her mother was a patternmaker. For this reason, Melania participated in fashion shows featuring children’s clothing. She attended the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana and studied at the University of Ljubljana for one year. She speaks English, French, Italian, German, Serbo-Croatian and Slovene. Melania became a fashion model in Europe. In 2001, she became a permanent resident of the United States. Five years later, she was proudly sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America. Her marriage to Donald J. Trump took place in January of 2005. The following year, they welcomed a son, Barron William Trump. Melania, who is Trump’s third wife and is 24 years younger than her husband, considers her first and foremost role a “full-time mom.”

Melania Trump possesses a natural passion for the arts. This is evident in her involvement with numerous philanthropic causes, including serving as Honorary Chairwoman for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Melania has actively helped many organizations, including being Honorary Chairwoman for the Boy’s Club of New York for five consecutive years, serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Red Cross, and being honored with Woman of the Year by the Police Athletic League. In 2010, she proudly became Chairwoman for the American Heart Association, which helped to raise $1.7 million for research.

Historically, the US Constitution provides guidance for the president, but does not define the duties of the first lady. Since the position is not an elected one, many of the previous first ladies traditionally carried out ceremonial duties. A main function of the wife of the president is to play hostess for social events. However, each of the wives put their own touches on the position. Some behaved subdued, while others chose to play larger and more politically active roles. Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush, often took a less political role. She once said, “I don’t make any decisions. I just go blindly on my own dumb way and have fun and try to be helpful.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, established her own office in the West Wing to be accessible to executive staff for political reasons.

Of the first ladies of the United States, Melania Trump is the second foreign-born. London-born Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, was the first. However, unlike Louisa Adams, Melania is the first of the first ladies to become a naturalized citizen.

Melania prefers to assume a traditional role as First Lady of the United States. Unlike some other President’s wives, she has a smaller staff of nine working for her. The media scrutinized her for not yet hiring a director of policy, suggesting that this might prevent her from advancing her role and agenda. Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, suggests that the first lady is more interested in having a team that works well together and stated, “She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money.”

During her first five months serving as First Lady of the United States, Melania delayed her move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She opted to maintain primary residence in New York to allow her son to finish out his school year. Despite criticism from the press, her decision to put family first remains her number one loyalty. Despite a late debut living in the White House, Melania has smoothly transitioned into her role as First Lady. She has taken on numerous engagements thus far, including giving a luncheon speech at the US Mission to the UN, attending opening ceremonies at the Invictus Games for Wounded Warriors in Toronto, and visiting an opioid recovery center for infants affected by addiction. She has also visited numerous children’s hospitals, planted and harvested the White House Kitchen garden with kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Washington, and hosted other nation’s leaders at the White House. She sat and spoke with victims of the hurricanes and of the Las Vegas shooting, experiences which she describes as somber and uplifting.

In September 2017, First Lady Melania Trump addressed a luncheon at the US Mission to the United Nations in New York to condemn bullying and urged world leaders to teach “moral conscience” by example. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton accused Melania of not doing enough to fight cyberbullying, going as far as questioning the first lady’s commitment to the cause. One month later, Melania launched an anti-bullying campaign as promised, making a surprise visit to a Michigan middle school with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to kick off the “Week of Inclusion” component of National Bullying Prevention Month.

During her visit to the school, Mrs. Trump sat with sixth grade students and chatted with seventh and eighth graders in the cafeteria. She spoke with students, gave hugs, and took selfies. First Lady Melania Trump promptly addressed issues of social isolation, whereby she encouraged students to reach out to one another. “I encourage you all to find a new friend, and have lunch with that friend.” She gave further advice. “Ask them what they like, what their hobbies are, so nobody becomes sad, or stressed and everybody feels included.” Of her campaign for kindness and compassion, Mrs. Trump said, “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.” While some liberal news stations have questioned Melania Trump’s authenticity, her actions show that she is sincere about helping others.

On Thursday night, the national Christmas tree was lit by Mrs. Trump, who pushed a button after the President did the countdown. The lighting of the Christmas tree is a time-honored tradition which began on December 24, 1923, with President Calvin Coolidge.  Earlier in the week, Mrs. Trump invited a group of young schoolchildren to visit the White House to see the holiday decorations. She also took part in helping to decorate the White House and shared, “I hope that when visiting the People’s House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays.”

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Swamp Fox Patriot
2 years ago

Mrs. Trump is a great First Lady who possesses grace, dignity, beauty, charm, compassion, high intelligence, humility, discernment, loyalty & respect to America, and knows the rules of etiquette at home and abroad. She is truly a national treasure and loves not only her own family greatly but America’s families greatly. We are very blessed to have such a First Lady who so loves America and all of the American people.

SARGE
2 years ago

I Praise God every time I see Melania Trump. Her impeccable style and grace is only surpassed by her natural beauty. As far as I’m concerned, she’s First Lady of the World. When i read where others are disparaging her, for what ever reason, I think how pathetic and jealous they are. Normally I would go on and on about Melania but in todays climate of sex mongering i feel like I’d be walking into a mine field. Been there, done that. So ill leave it at this: girl you got it goin’ on. Oh ya, she’s doing a great… Read more »

Jerry Hill
2 years ago

“For the First Time ” in 8 long years I am VERY proud of our “First Lady”. Overflowing with Dignity, Grace, Beauty, Intelligence (5 languages ?) Respect for our Military and Police, Compassion, Truth, Respect for our tax dollars (not have 25 personal secretaries like our previous 1st lady !) ON and On in so many ways. !!!

Josefina T Lewis
2 years ago

The first lady is doing an outstanding job.
The new position fits her well. She is highly qualified, and does our country good. And gives our u.s.a. a much needed respect from other countries.
I am very proud of her.and always pray for her..
Must be very hard to set aside all the horrible ways in which the country comes against her CONSTANTLY. I am glad that she is above it. Quite a lady!

Sam
2 years ago

She is such a breath of fresh air. Wonderfull person. President Trump and the First Lady will lead this country to greatness!!

Manuel B. Alcon
2 years ago

THE BEST MIRACLE BESIDES PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT GOD HAS BLESSED US IS OUR FIRST LADY, MELANIA. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE?

Cherie Davis
2 years ago

Maybe it is sadistic, but I enjoy watching the Leftist/Progressives go nuts every time Melania does anything!! They are blindly jealous of her and the accomplishments she has achieved in her short time as First Lady. Her genteel nature has brought love, beauty, class, smarts manners and sophistication back to front and center as the First Lady of the USA!! My mother used to say, “You can’t buy these things. You either have them or you don’t.” It is obvious these things come as naturally to Melania as every breath she takes!! Thank you Melania and continued good wishes for… Read more »

Rocky
2 years ago

Melania Trump is so much more appropriate as the Presidential spouse than Michelle Obama could EVER had been. To be fair, though, while Michelle was an embarrassment to many of us, she was handicapped by the fact that her spouse (the phony president) was even more awful.

Wayne Peterkin
2 years ago

Melania Trump appears to me to be a very classy lady and a credit both to the Whitehouse and to the nation. Beauty, brains, and class all rolled into one are hard to beat.

SAMMY G DAILY, LT COL USAF RET
2 years ago

WE ARE EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE HER AS OUR GORGEOUS FIRST LADY AND ALSO TO HAVE HER HUSBAND AS THE BEST PRESIDENT SINCE RONALD REAGAN.

ScarletDove
2 years ago

Our lovely First Lady is doing a very fine job representing these United States and showing her love and respect for this fine country. She truly is a class act and we are blessed to have this wonderful First Lady with President Trump Making America Great Again!

Gunny Joe
2 years ago

Elegance, Class, and Charm has returned to the White House. Not seen sense, Nance Reagan. And a real President, and Commander In Chief! What a deal, Thank you God, for these days.

Teresa Buhs
2 years ago

Melania Trump is a breath of fresh air! She is beautiful, speaks 5 languages, is fiercely devoted to her son, supports our military and loves America!. Welcome, Melania, we love you!

Laurie Bee
2 years ago

Mrs. Trump is everything Hillary is not. She’s a TEN and I’m proud to call her our First Lady.

Diana Lemeron
2 years ago

Mrs Trump is a beautiful,graceful,intelligent.compassion. Best first lady ever.Totally agree with you Swamp Fox Patriot

Joseph Kieszniski
2 years ago

She is one of the Classes Ladies to ever grace the White House. Something that was missing for the past 25 years

Robert Mason
2 years ago

She is doing wonderfully!

Ron Lingle
2 years ago

Love her.Respect her and President Trump. Wish both the best.

Catherine Bliss
2 years ago

Melania Trump has brought style & class back to the White House. She is an amazing example of how a woman of strength, conviction & propriety should represent the United States of America , as well as, the official title of FIRST LADY. Bless her for her unwavering stance on important issues. The bullying situation is abbominal & frightening…God Bless her.

Barbara Thompson
2 years ago

bbhe is doing a fantastic job!

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