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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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Kim
3 years ago

A coworker recently made a snarky comment about the First Lady in front of all of us, and after a second jab, I made a comment of my own. The next day, I wore a robin’s egg blue sweater, which I shall forever call “Melania blue”. I would never expect to hear her say, “For the first time, I am proud of my country” like Mrs. Obama said when her husband was elected president. Mrs. Trump has far too much class to do that.

P. Diskkin
3 years ago

Melania Trump is everything anyone could hope for in a First Lady. She is grace, charm, beauty, class, intelligent, dedicated to her role, etc. I especially admire her humility.

Mary Genualdi
3 years ago

God has blessed America! God Bless our president , Our country has been blessed to have such a refined, educated first lady. All women should emulate her and I for one respect her very much. She is a good mother who values family first.

Cathy Boyd Roger
3 years ago

Melania Trump is so gracious and polite. She comes off with dignity and class. She and the president are working hard to get our country out of the muck of the past administration. We need to work some how on these college professors who are atheist and are turning our Christian children away from the gospel. God Bless our President and Our First Lady.

Catherine Bliss
3 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.

Burton Pauly
3 years ago

She is doing just great, and a whale of a lot better than the last person in her position. Keep up the good works First Lady. And you also look so nice.

Denice
3 years ago

Amazing. I believe like Esther, she is called for such a time as this.

Dalya
3 years ago

You can sya that again!!!

Ron Lingle
3 years ago

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

Teresa Buhs
3 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!

Diana Lemeron
3 years ago

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

Barbara Thompson
3 years ago

bbhe is doing a fantastic job!

Joseph Kieszniski
3 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
3 years ago

She is doing wonderfully!

Gunny Joe
3 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.

ScarletDove
3 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!

SAMMY G DAILY, LT COL USAF RET
3 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.

Brian
3 years ago

Even better than GW Bush who turned out to be a globalist. The Lord look over President Trump and his family and guide his administration to wisdom’s path. Help our nation to repentance and back to honoring the God of Israel. And turning back the scourge of Islam that obummer was pushing for 8 long years.

Wayne Peterkin
3 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.

Manuel B. Alcon
3 years ago

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

Concerned Citizen
3 years ago

And Vice President Pence and his wife! God bless them all!

Cherie Davis
3 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 every success in the future!!

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