- First Lady Melania Trump found out she would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden when her husband tweeted about it, CNN reported Thursday.
- Before the president’s tweet on January 8, the first lady was not sure if he would break from tradition and refuse to attend, which symbolically undermined the peaceful transfer of power.
- The first lady has largely been silent on her husband’s campaign to overthrow the election result in 2020, but seemed to support her efforts by calling for “fair elections” after his loss.
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First Lady Melania Trump found out she would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in the same way that the rest of us did: via her husband̵
A senior White House staffer told CNN on Thursday that the first lady had not been sure if the president would break with tradition and refuse to attend the inauguration, symbolically undermining the peaceful transfer of power. She found out she and her husband would not attend when he tweeted about it on January 8th.
“This is not the first time she’s learning what he did because he tweeted it before he told her,” the White House staffer told CNN.
The first lady has largely been silent about her husband’s month-long campaign to overthrow the election result in 2020, though she seemed to support his efforts by calling for “fair elections” after his loss.
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“The American people deserve fair elections,” she tweeted the day after news broadcasts declared Biden the president-elect. “Every legal – not illegal – vote must be counted. We must protect our democracy with full transparency.”
But even though the president is struggling to stay in the White House, the first lady has spent the last two months preparing for life after Washington, DC. She has packed up, put things up and sent the family’s belongings to the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as making sure her son, Barron, goes to school in Florida.
After being silent for five days after the Trump uprising at the Capitol on January 6, the first lady released a statement Monday expressing sympathy for the rebels and police officers who died, accusing critics of spreading “blissful gossip” about her.
“I find it shameful that around these tragic events there has been blissful gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations against me – from people who want to be relevant and have an agenda,” she said.