Thursday 14 December 2017

Melania Trump reveals first cause as First Lady - preserving Michelle Obama's vegetable garden

US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trummp pose for photos at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017. /
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (L), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe (C), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump (R) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe (C), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to an interpreter as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump holds a fans as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump walks with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as they tour the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser, depart Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump listens to a guide as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to a guide as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (L), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (R), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walk to pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, accompanied by their wives, first lady Melania Trump and Akie Abe, wave before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base Md., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press with First Lady Melania Trump aboard Air Force One on February 10, 2017 during a flight Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where they will spend the weekend Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser, depart Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, leave Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner leave Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akke Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lagoresort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017
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Since President Trump's inauguration, First Lady Melania has kept her cards close to her chest.

But the 46-year-old former model opened up to Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an official visit, about her love of gardening.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump holds a fans as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump holds a fans as she tours the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Delray Beach, Florida

While visiting the Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida together, Melania revealed she has quite the green thumb and released a statement saying she will preserve the garden previously tended to by former first lady Michelle Obama.

"As a mother and as the First Lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House Gardens, specifically the First Lady's Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden," Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady, said in a statement to CNN.

"Both our countries histories and cultures are steeped in the nurture and nature of gardening.

"Having knowledge of different cultures and customs is a wonderful way to learn and to explore. Gardening teaches us the fundamentals in care and the evolution of living things, all while inspiring us to nurture our minds and to relax and strengthen our bodies."

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (L), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and Akie Abe (L), wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, listen to Park Administrator Bonnie White Lemay, as they tour Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida

In recent weeks, Melania, who emigrated from Slovenia to the US in 1996, has been mixing her fashion choices between American and international designers, but opted for a white Calvin Klein dress to meet the Abes.

Ironically, Raf Simons' debut collection for the brand was one of the most political showcases at New York Fashion Week on Friday, arranging for the models to open and close the show to the sounds of David Bowie's This is Not America.

U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walk to pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walk to pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

While boarding Air Force One en route to Florida, she opted for a pair of wide legged white trousers by Michael Kors, a black blouse and black coat.

For a private dinner with the Japanese PM and his wife at Mar-a-Lago, the Trumps' southern estate which has been dubbed the "winter White House", she opted for yet another design by Klein.

Her backless black gown retails for $4,000.

Also spotted at the event, which was closed to the press, first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, both dressed in black tie attire.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Meanwhile, Ivanka is still in the hotseat after her father lashed out at the media and US department store Nordstrom for treating her "so unfairly" by dropping her clothing line.

The mother-of-three, who is still settling into the White House with an unofficial advisory role, has seen her eponymous clothing line dropped by Nordstrom, as well as Neiman Marcus and reports have emerged that stores like TJ Maxx have encouraged staff to remove signage for her label, but only one got a shout out from the POTUS.

Now it has been reported that sales of her clothing line and shoes fell by nearly one-third in the past fiscal year, with sharp drops in sales weeks before her father Donald Trump was elected US President, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The WSJ cited internal Nordstrom data as showing sales of Ivanka Trump's products were more than 70 percent lower in the second, third and fourth week of October compared to the same weeks the previous year. The election was on November 8.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser, depart Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser, depart Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Nordstrom had $14.3 million in sales in the fiscal year that ended in January, down from $20.9 million in the previous year.

Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said that the retailer did not provide the Wall Street Journal with data on Ivanka Trump's sales. "We have not and will not share specific sales results numbers related to this brand or any other brand," Darrow said in an email.

In addition to the president, others in the administration expressed support for Ivanka Trump's business. Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was accused of violating ethics rules after she went on television to urge people to buy Ivanka Trump's products in what she called "a free commercial."

Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight committee, said on Thursday he had asked the Office of Government Ethics to review Conway's comments and recommend disciplinary action against her if warranted.

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