“To all those who have asked, I am not going to the inauguration on January 20,” Trump tweeted via his official account, which no longer exists.
Many in the White House heard the president’s thoughts on this important and historic issue definitely for the first time – including his wife, according to a senior White House staffer.
Until this tweet, the White House staffer said, Melania Trump was not 100% sure she would go to Biden’s inauguration or would not be.
“This is not the first time she’s learning what he did because he tweeted it before he told her,” said the source, who downplayed the importance of the first lady being given news of what apparently is also her schedule, based on Trump̵
The employee, like many, was aware that the event with the tweet did not ask for their sympathy for the first lady.
“She’s part of this. She may be silent, but she’s part of this,” the source said.
“This” is the president’s recent activities, denial of his losses, complicity in inciting inflamed supporters with lies and conspiracy theories, and the abominable abolition of an official role. The outgoing first lady has done nothing of significance as the weeks of her tenure approach come to an end. She has not set up an office to continue her platform in the years following the White House, according to a source familiar with her activities. She has also not helped with the boarding of the incoming first lady Jill Biden – who she still has not contacted, the source said.
The only thing Trump has done, besides packing the White House, working on photo albums from his time as first lady, and monitoring photo shoots of a rug and decorative objects, is making an intricate statement about the events of last Wednesday, five days after they found place.
“There has never been a first lady as stubborn and defiant as Melania Trump,” said Kate Andersen Brower, author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.” “I think she’s digging in. I think she’s channeling her husband’s rage and is obviously not interested in playing the traditional role of a first lady seeking to unite and calm the country in times of crisis.”
Instead, she has stood by the president, something she has not always done before in turbulent times. In her statement Monday morning, Trump did not mention her husband’s name, nor did she suggest he should be given an iota of responsibility for the uprising.
Instead, she seemed to lift parts of old statements and speak into this new one, adding in a section where she paints herself as a victim of a former employee’s continued criticism. Trump’s recurring manner has at times aroused public curiosity about how adapted she is to the president, especially when he is criticized. Her hand swats, standing eyes, and frequent outbursts of independent opinion created a possible scenario for critics of her husband that she might not be like him or even dislike him.
But if the last few weeks have proven anything, it is that she is more in line with the president than most would assume.
“She understands her husband and what he stands for, and that simply does not bother her,” Brower said. “She’s not a victim, and she does not want to leave the White House and apologize for her husband’s behavior.”
Trump ‘not sorry to leave’
When the president publicly fought the election and fraudulently claimed it was rigged and maintained the false hope of staying in the White House, his wife packed their things to move out, say several sources who have observed Trump’s activities since the end. of November.
The first lady is now more than halfway done with the job of sending belongings to Mar-a-Lago or for storage and having bit-by-bit monitored the move for several weeks. The residence staff has had to help with the semi-secret operation, which has made it easier to pack logistics without raising the anger of the president, who really thought he would be put down.
The housing staff remain in their roles, many through several administrations. It does not matter who the president is, it only means that they represent the US presidency.
“They are the most patriotic people I have ever met,” said Brower, whose first book was “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House.” “They have moved on with the move, but they had to do some of that undercover because they do not want to disturb (President) Trump.”
Melania Trump’s help to get packed and ready to go also signals her desire to be done with Washington and the last four years of dramatic ups and downs.
“(Melania Trump) is not sorry to leave,” said a White House official with knowledge of Trump’s mood.
It’s a place she’s different from her husband – he desperately wants to stay, she’s cool to go.
“Pat Nixon is the latest example I can think of of a first lady who compares to Melania Trump at all,” Brower said, but perhaps only in circumstances, not action.
“As Watergate raged on, Pat Nixon spent a lot of time in her room alone in the Residence. Butlers brought her breakfast and often she only drank coffee. People around her became concerned about her health because it was clear that Watergate was taking a toll, and she lost weight, ”said the author.
Those who have been around Trump for the past two weeks have not noticed a change of attitude to isolation and sadness, in fact it was Trump’s lack of emotional connection to the frightening riots that unfolded live on television and her lack of desire to broadcast a immediate response or condemnation of the real-time violence that prompted two of her longest-serving employees to submit their resignations immediately, sources said.
“Usually a lady’s president comes to a page in public. President Ford served less than a full term, and Betty Ford actually stepped in to read her concession letter to Carter when he lost in 1976,” Brower said.
On Wednesday, an announcement was made that Blair House, the historic official guest house in the White House where several presidents (including Trump) have spent the night before their swords, would also welcome Biden. CNN has previously reported that without an invitation that the president and first lady of Blair House had yet given him, Biden intended to stay at a hotel on the inauguration night.
But the invitation was not sent at Melania Trump’s insistence.
“She had nothing to do with it,” the employee said. The invitation could have read “The White House,” but it was issued through the State Department, whose office of protocol chief oversees Blair House’s management.