The Trump voter puts [Melania Trump] on a pedestal. They're awed by the way she looks or the way she basically doesn't express ideas or opinions, which they see as stoicism and loyalty. For them, that's enough for fealty. — a political operative who worked for a time with then-President Trump
The Trump voter puts [Melania Trump] on a pedestal. They're awed by the way she looks or the way she basically doesn't express ideas or opinions, which they see as stoicism and loyalty. For them, that's enough for fealty. — a political operative who worked for a time with then-President Trump
As Donald Trump makes noise about 2024, Melania Trump tries to stay out of the public eye
Melania Trump, perhaps the most private first lady in modern history, has retreated more and more from the spotlight since departing Washington last January. She has been seen publicly just once this summer, spotted in July by photographers leaving Trump Tower in New York City, accompanied by her son. Other than that, with the exception of a few Instagram posts from random people who happened to glimpse her in the dining room at Trump's Bedminster Golf Club, Trump -- ever the enigma -- hasn't purposefully set foot in front of a camera.

Last month she returned from her summer sojourn in New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, where friends say she will reside fulltime at Mar-a-Lago while Barron Trump attends a private high school. She's giving up the Manhattan life she knew pre-White House, a period of time that granted her as much anonymity as possible for being the wife of Donald Trump.

Melania Trump's disinterest in public political life runs deep enough that she has gone so far as to tell several friends that not only does she not intend to bolster her husband's inflated political ambitions, she has zero desire for a White House redux, according to several people who spoke with CNN about her mindset. "Being first lady again is not what she wants," said one of the people, who had a close relationship with Trump during her White House tenure. "For her, it was a chapter -- and it's over, and that's that."

She views her husband's continued impact on the GOP landscape as his job, not hers. "You're not going to see her at rallies or campaign events, even if he 'officially' says he's running again," said another person aware of the disinterest Trump has shown in supporting the former President. "Instead it's going to be Lara (Trump, the wife of Trump's son, Eric) or (Kimberly) Guilfoyle (the girlfriend of Trump's eldest son, Don). They have that same urge Trump has to (run) again; Melania absolutely does not."

... "The Trump voter puts (Melania Trump) on a pedestal. They're awed by the way she looks or the way she basically doesn't express ideas or opinions, which they see as stoicism and loyalty. For them, that's enough for fealty," the operative said. The person who worked with Trump during the White House years noted the grueling schedule of a campaign, and the hours on end in arenas, waiting while her husband delivers lengthy rally speeches. "If you could not do all that, and people are okay with that, why wouldn't you?" this person said.
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