WEST PALM BEACH — First lady Melania Trump may have “gone rogue” with her travels after emerging from a 10-day absence Thursday in the wake of infidelity accusations leveled at President Donald Trump.
Porn star Stormy Daniels has alleged an affair with the president, stemming from a sexual liaison the two shared in July 2006 in a Nevada hotel at a celebrity golf tournament. Donald and Melania’s son Barron Trump was just three months old at the time.
“Oh, don’t worry about her,” Trump reportedly said about his wife at the time.
Details of the alleged affair (denied by both the president and his attorney Michael Cohen) were recently released by “In Touch” magazine from their 2011 interview with Daniels.
Melania finally showed up in public again for a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum early on Thursday. Later in the day, she flew to Mar-a-Lago.
The first lady’s movements came as a surprise to many; the press had no advance knowledge of her travel plans, and she was expected to be at her husband’s side in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.
According to spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, Melania had encountered “too many scheduling and logistical issues” to accompany Trump on his official business.
The first lady’s trip to a museum and to her family’s resort suggests she may not have had pressing obligations after all, but simply did not want to be in Trump’s company. This follows the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary on Monday, which was not publicly acknowledged by either and may not even have been celebrated.
Melania’s self-imposed isolation has extended even to social media. She did tweet out a photo on January 20th in recognition of the one-year anniversary of her husband’s inauguration, though the photo was only of herself attending the inauguration with a military escort.
“This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments,” she posted. “I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world!”
Other than that, “mum” was the word until Thursday’s visit to the Holocaust Museum:
“Thank you @HolocaustMuseum for a powerful & moving tour that honors the millions of innocent lives lost, and educates us on the tragedies and effects of the holocaust.”
Melania, never in love with the spotlight that comes with being the first lady, appears to have possibly gone to ground again.
The Wall Street Journal originally breathed life into the affair story (which has been corroborated by many who know Daniels) with their January 12th report that Cohen paid $130,000 to purchase Daniels’s silence in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Despite his denials about the affair, Cohen has not denied making the payment.
Given the World Economic Forum’s stated mission of “improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”—a snoozefest by Trump standards—the president would likely prefer to be at Mar-a-Lago as well, marital difficulties and all.