Melania Trump news: First Lady prepares to leave White House and ‘just wants to go home’ | World | News

Ms Trump is already making plans for her exit from the executive residence, despite President Trump’s ongoing dispute of the election results, a source told CNN. The source, who understands Ms Trump’s situation, told the news outlet “she just wants to go home”.

But Mr Trump has reportedly drawn up plans to announce his candidacy for the 2024 election.

Should such rumours turn out to be true, “it might not go over well” with the First Lady, the source added.

Ms Trump is now reportedly laying groundwork to ensure she and her 14-year-old-son, Barron, are prepared to leave Washington DC one Mr Trump leaves office.

One source told CNN the teenager will finish this academic year in Florida and not the school he has been studying at for the last three years.

A source at Mar-a-Lago told the outlet Ms Trump has already been working on the logistics of getting her personal items shipped to the Florida resort from the executive residence and the Trump family’s apartment in New York City.

While the Trumps are used to a no-expense-spared lifestyle, the First Family will be downsizing if they decide to relocate to Mar-a-Lago.

The section of the resort the family has adapted as their living quarters is approximately 3,000 square feet whereas in the White House the family enjoyed a 55,000 square foot mansion to live in.

Laurence Leamer, author of ‘Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace’ told CNN how the Mar-a-Lago residence might become too “confining” for President Trump.

The author said: “It will feel like staying full-time at a nice hotel.

“It’s fine for a bit, sure, but can you imagine Donald Trump just sitting around there for six months of the year? It will start to feel confining very quickly.”

Although her time as a First Lady is coming up to an end, Ms Trump has been keeping busy with her projects in the East Wing.

On Monday, Ms Trump announced the renovation of the White House’s tennis pavilion, a move that did not go down well with her social media followers.


She described the conservation of the pavilion, which has been in the works since October 2019, as a “vital” action.

Ms Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, explained that the move, as well as other renovation work such as the new Rose Garden were part of her duties.

She told CNN: “Mrs. Trump is focused on her role as first lady. Monday she unveiled her most current effort in preserving the White House by announcing the completion of the tennis pavilion.

“She also recently unveiled a new piece of art in the newly renovated Rose Garden. Her office just revealed this year’s Christmas décor. Her schedule remains full with her duties as a mother, wife and first lady of the United States.”

However, members of the public hit out at Mrs Trump for conducting construction work in the private area of the residence as the United States scrambles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Twitter users criticised Mrs Trump with one person claiming “a pandemic is raging and you’re remodelling the tennis pavilion. Everyone has their priorities, I guess.”

Another user attached a photograph of a set of china and said: “Nancy Reagan was criticised for ordering new WH china during budget cuts that left many without jobs and unable to put food on the table. History repeats itself…”

A third person wrote: “Good job. Yes that is so much more important than using money to help needy families during this pandemic. I bet you are going to have your name prominently displayed somewhere. You really don’t have to do that to be remembered. This country could never forget the Trumps.”

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