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