She is an accomplice to the worst instincts of her husband or one of his victims, either because she is struggling in an anachronistic job or is trusting in doing precisely what she wants to do with him. Fifteen months after becoming first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.
In the span of several days ending on Tuesday, Melania Trump will have had a more visible public role than perhaps at any other time in her husband's presidency. It comes after a long period of relative invisibility that has not only confused the White House tradition, but has also limited its potential political benefit to a problematic administration.
After hosting the Japanese prime minister and his wife at the Trump & # 39; s Mar-a-Lago complex in Florida last week, Melania Trump attended Saturday's funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston; the president stayed away. Before the service, she smiled and chatted with President Obama, whom her husband disdained years ago, and, smiling again, joined a formal image with all the former presidents and first ladies who attended the funeral.