“For all those who asked, I’m not going to the January 20 inauguration,” he tweeted through Trump’s official account, which no longer exists.
For the first time in the White House, many have heard the President’s thoughts definitively on this important and historic issue – according to a senior White House staff member as well as his wife.
Until this tweet was told by a White House staff member, Melania Trump wasn’t 100% sure she was going to get Biden installed or not.
“It’s not the first time he’s learned what he did because he tweeted before he told her,” said the source, who underestimated Trump’s mood by the importance of the first lady sending out news about her seemingly schedule as well. that particular day.
The co-worker, like many, was clear that the tweeting event did not spark their sympathy for the first lady.
“It’s part of it. It can be quiet, but it’s also part of it,” the source said.
“This” is the president’s recent activity, denying his loss, complicity in encouraging inflamed fans with lies and conspiracy theories, and neglected resignation of an official role. The resigning first lady did nothing significant as the office weeks were over. According to a source familiar with his work, he did not set up an office to continue the platform in the years after the White House. Nor did the incoming first lady, Jill Biden, get in – who she still hadn’t contacted, the source said.
The only thing Trump did, besides packing the White House, working on his early photo albums as a first lady, and overseeing photos of carpet and decorative items, was to make a backlash about the events of last Wednesday, five days after. happened.
“I’ve never been a stubborn and defiant first lady like Melania Trump,” says Kate Andersen Brower, author of The First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. “I think she’s digging. I think she’s channeled her husband’s anger, and he’s obviously not interested in playing the traditional role of the first lady who seeks to unite and reassure the country in times of crisis.”
Instead, he stood by the president, which he still had not done in times of turmoil. In her Monday morning statement, Trump did not mention her husband’s name, nor did she indicate that she should be given plenty of responsibility for the uprising.
Instead, he seemed to have incorporated some of the old statements and speeches into this new one, and in a paragraph added himself, the victim of the constant criticism of a former co-worker. Trump’s reluctant manners have at times piqued public interest in how much he aligns with the president, especially when he is criticized. The man’s hand, his steel-eyed portrait, and the frequent outburst of independent opinion have worked out a possible scenario for her husband’s critics that she may not be like her, in fact, she doesn’t even like her.
But if anything has been proven in recent weeks, it is that it is more aligned with the president than most would assume.
“She understood her husband and what she represented, and it just doesn’t bother her,” Brower said. “She’s not a victim, and she’s not leaving the White House, apologizing for her husband’s behavior.”
Trump ‘not sad to leave’
While the president publicly protested the election, fraudulently claiming it was rigged and insisting on a false hope of staying in the White House, his wife gathered their things to move, say several sources who have been monitoring Trump’s activities since late November.
The first lady has already finished more than halfway by transporting things to Mar-a-Lago or the warehouse and has been supervising the move little by little for weeks. The residence’s staff had to help with the semi-secret operation, facilitating logistics packaging without arousing the anger of the president, who truly believed he would stay in place.
The staff of the residence continues to play a role, through many administrations. It doesn’t matter who the president is, it just matters that they represent the U.S. presidency.
“They’re the more patriotic people I’ve ever met,” said Brower, whose first book was “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House.” “They kept going, but they had to do it in secret because they didn’t want to upset Trump (the president).”
Melania Trump’s ability to be prepared and ready to embark also signals her desire to finish with Washington, as well as the dramatic ups and downs of the past four years.
“(Melania Trump) is not sad to be leaving,” said a White House official who knew Trump’s mood.
This is one place where she is different from her husband – she wants to stay desperate, very good to go.
“Pat Nixon is the latest example I can think of of a first lady who looks at all like Melania Trump,” Brower said, but perhaps only in circumstances, not in action.
“When Watergate was raging, Pat Nixon spent a lot of time in his room alone at the Residence. Butlers brought him breakfast and often just drank coffee. The people around him were worried about his health because it was obvious that Watergate was taking tolls and running out,” he said. the author.
Those who have been around Trump for the past two weeks have not noticed the need to respond to or condemn violence in real time according to changed sources of isolation and sadness, prompting his two longest staff members to submit his resignation immediately.
“Usually, the first lady of a concurrent president appears publicly next to him. President Ford has completed less than a full term, and Betty Ford has indeed entered to read her concession letter to Carter when she lost in 1976,” Brower said.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Blair House, the historic official guest house of the White House, where several presidents (including Trump) had spent the night before their oath, would also welcome Biden. CNN had previously reported on Biden without being invited by the president and the first lady of Blair House, and he wanted to stay in a hotel on the eve of his inauguration.
But the invitation was not sent to Melania Trump’s insistence.
“It has nothing to do with it,” the staff member said. The invitation may have been labeled “White House,” but it was issued by the State Department, whose Office of the Chief of Protocol oversees the management of the Blair House.