Monday 24 April 2017

Melania Trump 'moving into the White House this summer' as she takes on more traditional First Lady role

US First Lady Melania Trump talks with students during a visit with Jordan's Queen Rania to the Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump talks with students during a visit with Jordan's Queen Rania to the Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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First lady Melania Trump, accompanied by the Easter Bunny, speaks from the Truman Balcony during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April,17, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on April 5, 2017, shows Jordan's King Abdullah II (L) meeting with US President Donald Trump (R) in the Oval Office at the White House as First Lady Melania Trump (TOP-R) and Queen Rania look on in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO
US First Lady Melania Trump walks to 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. 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. President Donald Trump, U.S. first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and the Easter Bunny arrive for the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US. Picture:REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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US First Lady Melania Trump will reportedly move into the White House this summer.

During President Trump's first months in office, the former model, originally from Slovenia, has been living in the Trump family's $100m triplex apartment in New York City with their 11-year-old son Barron.

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

Rather than move into the White House straight away as is tradition, the 46-year-old opted to stay in Trump Tower while Barron finished up his school term.

As she grows accustom to her new role as first lady, Melania and Barron will be moving to Washington D.C. this summer, a decision which will be welcomed by critics who have taken issue with the high cost of security with both the president and first lady living in different cities, in addition to frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Melania has reportedly been reluctant to move to Washington as she loves her "independent life" in New York, sources told People.

In recent weeks, she has taken on more traditional jobs like reading to a group of children during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House and accompanying Queen Rania of Jordan to an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. and escorting the Chinese president's wife Peng Liyuan on a tour of a middle school in Florida.

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 reads 'Party Animals' by Kathy Lee Gifford during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House

After Trump's inauguration, the new first lady virtually disappeared from public life and only reappeared weeks later. Her absence sparked reports that she "never intended" to move to the White House, but she soon hired a chief of staff Lindsay Reynolds, a former associate director of the White House Visitor’s Office during the George W. Bush administration, and was "putting together a professional and highly-experienced team".

"It has been an honour to take on the responsibility of the position of First Lady, with its long history as an important representative of the President, our family, and the traditions of our nation around the world," she said in a statement released by the White House.

US First Lady Melania Trump walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump walks off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

"I am putting together a professional and highly-experienced team which will take time to do properly. I am excited to be organizing and bringing together such a dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals who will work together to make our country better for everyone."

Her senior adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff saying: "Mrs Trump will be moving to D.C. and settling in to the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime.

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 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

"Mrs Trump is honoured to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of first lady very seriously. It has only been a short time since the inauguration and the first lady is going to go about her role in a pragmatic and thoughtful way that is unique and authentic to her."

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump walk with their son Barron to Marine One at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump walk with their son Barron to Marine One at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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