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What Was Melania Trump Doing By Herself In New York?

| by Lauren Briggs
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First Lady Melania Trump returned to Trump Tower in New York City on June 28, just two weeks after she moved out to join her husband in the White House. But what was she doing there? Nobody knows.

The 47-year-old made the trip accompanied only by Secret Service agents, and she stayed in her former residence until the afternoon, when the agents escorted her out, notes The Inquisitr.

Though it's not known what time she arrived in or left the city, she is on President Donald Trump's schedule for June 29, when she is expected to join him as the couple meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House; the Trumps will also attend a reception and dinner for the Asian leader. Moon is scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m., and the president has a couple hours open on his itinerary before that, after he completes his daily tasks.

Though President Trump moved into the White House around the time of his January inauguration, the first lady and their son, 11-year-old Barron, remained at their New York penthouse so that Barron could finish the school year.

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The move was generally seen as a positive one, especially as Mrs. Trump's popularity has shot up since the inauguration. A March CNN/ORC poll found that 52 percent of respondents said that they had a favorable opinion of her, compared to only 36 percent who said the same before her husband was sworn in as president.

"I'm very happy she's moving here," said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg before Mrs. Trump arrived in Washington D.C., according to Politico. "She's a strong influence and personality, and I think she comforts him."

Her presence on the international trip she took with President Trump was widely lauded as a success, from her choice of apparel to her confidence and comfort traveling overseas.

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"She was tailor-made for that job as a diplomat," former First Lady Laura Bush's then-chief of staff Anita McBride said. "She was very comfortable in the role, and she connected with her audiences."

The consensus among many is that President Trump respects his wife's opinion and that she might be able to keep him in check.

"Her presence is not going to stop any investigations, but at a time when this particular presidency needs an air of stability, it might lend that," said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who specializes in first lady studies. "The move helps to give the impression that the president is currently in a stable, solid marriage and that his home life is under control."

Sources: The Inquisitr, Politico, CNN / Photo credits: Marc Nozell/Wikimedia CommonsDoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos via Wikimedia CommonsU.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding/DVids

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