Sunday 23 July 2017

After 100 days, US first lady Melania Trump is more popular than husband Donald Trump in the polls

US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in the opening ceremony for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in the opening ceremony for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump takes part in an activity with children during the opening ceremony for the Healing Garden at the Children's National Medical Center on April 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NganMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump and Argentina's first lady Juliana Awada walk the Colonnade of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Barron Trump waves while standing with US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) prepare to depart the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and China's first lady Peng Liyuan applaud after students performed for them at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper
U.S. first lady Melania Trump reads 'Party Animals' by Kathy Lee Gifford during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House
U.S. first lady Melania Trump (R) and Queen Rania (L) of Jordan walk through the White House West Colonnade prior to a joint news conference April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump held talks on Middle East peace process and other bilateral issues with King Abdullah II. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump walks past the West Wing of the White House April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards. Behind her is one of the recipients, Sister Carolin Tahhan Facakh, from Syria. Photo: AP

Nick Allen

After 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency the first lady Melania Trump is more popular than her husband in opinion polls, a fact he has publicly congratulated her on.

In what has always been an ill-defined role Mrs Trump, 47, has begun shaping what kind of first lady she wants to be.

She has been living in New York at Trump Tower while the couple's 10-year-old son Barron finishes the school year.

So far her engagements have included entertaining the wives of heads of state at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, and presided over events ranging from a governors' ball to an International Women’s Day lunch, an International Women of Courage Awards ceremony, and the annual Easter egg roll for children on the White House lawn.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump holds a gift of a picture made by children at the opening of Bunny Mellon Healing Garden at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, U.S, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. first lady Melania Trump holds a gift of a picture made by children at the opening of Bunny Mellon Healing Garden at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, U.S, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Footage of her at the Easter egg roll reminding Mr Trump to put his hand over his heart for the national anthem went viral.

Mrs Trump has also visited with women in a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, with injured soldiers in hospital, went to a children's hospital, and took Queen Rania of Jordan to a girls' school in a poverty-stricken area of Washington .

She has hired a chief of staff and a fashion consultant, her friend Tham Kannalikham to redecorate the White House living area.

Fashion critics have praised the former model's composure and choices, particularly the Jackie Kennedy-style powder blue outfit she wore on Inauguration Day, along with her love of coat dresses, Christian Louboutin shoes and Gucci sunglasses.

Barron Trump waves while standing with US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Barron Trump waves while standing with US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Carl Sferrazza Anthony, a historian of first ladies, told CNN: "Melania Trump is, to my imagination, emerging as rather a Mona Lisa of first ladies because it is by her appearance and her posture that she seems to signal a strong impression. It's a centered quality, an independent quality."

U.S. first lady Melania Trump (R) and Queen Rania (L) of Jordan walk through the White House West Colonnade prior to a joint news conference April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump held talks on Middle East peace process and other bilateral issues with King Abdullah II. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump (R) and Queen Rania (L) of Jordan walk through the White House West Colonnade prior to a joint news conference April 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump held talks on Middle East peace process and other bilateral issues with King Abdullah II. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) prepare to depart the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) prepare to depart the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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