Why Melania Trump 'may never move into the White House'
The Trumps are continuing to make history.
It's been reported that US First Lady Melania Trump won't be moving into the White House after all and will only visit on occasion while keeping the family's triplex home in Trump Tower as her main residence.
Us Weekly reports the mother-of-one will remain in her $100m apartment in New York City with 10-year-old son Barron long-term, rather than moving to Washington D.C. after his school term ends this year as previously believed.
"They will reevaluate toward the end of the school year if they will keep this arrangement or if Melania and Barron will move to Washington. They could go either way right now. They will ultimately do what's best for Barron," an insider told the magazine.
President Trump previously said his wife and youngest son would "come down on weekends" but Melania has only been pictured once in the last 12 days - she was a key figure by her husband's side during inauguration weekend but has been keeping a low profile in recent days and has yet to comment on his executive order on immigration.
She has just hired her Chief of Staff as Lindsay Reynolds, a former associate director of the White House Visitor’s Office during the George W. Bush administration, and is "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.
"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."
Trump's daughter Ivanka has stepped into the more traditional first lady role while joining her father as he visited an air force base in Delaware to commemorate a fallen soldier, Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen and is the first soldier to die in combat during Trump's administration.
The White House insists Melania will be moving to Washington later this year, with senior adviser to the first lady 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.
"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."