Politics

People Notice Trumps Weren't Smiling As They Arrived At The White House

| by Alex Scarr

First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron have finally joined U.S. President Donald Trump as full-time residents of the White House, and once the photo below went viral, people noticed the First Family wasn't smiling.

Melania and Barron had been living in Trump Tower in Manhattan since the president took office, allowing Barron to finish out the school year at home before moving to Washington, D.C. The move was originally planned for June 14, but Melania and Barron opted to pack up and head out a few days early, according to Politico.

Official notice of the move came from Melania's Twitter account, where she posted a picture of the view from a White House window. "Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home! #Movingday," she wrote.

Barron, 11, has not received nearly as much national press as his four adult siblings. Three of them -- Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric -- featured prominently in Trump's campaign and continue to do so in his administration.

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Barron was spotted getting off Marine One in a T-shirt and jeans as opposed to a suit and tie. He was also playing with a fidget spinner, according to Inquisitr.

NBC News reports that Barron will be the first boy to live in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1963. John was just 3 years old at the time.

Melania and Barron caught flak for living in Trump Tower for several months after Donald Trump was inaugurated, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars a day in protection and security. Over 200,000 people signed a petition in March 2017 demanding Melania and Barron immediately move into the White House, according to The Hill.

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The New York Police Department estimated that it cost between $127,000 and $146,000 per day to provide protection and security for Melania and Barron while they lived in Trump Tower in Manhattan.

By April, the number of signatures on the petition had risen to more than 500,000, according to The Independent.

The document read, in part: "The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded."

The petition was sent to the Senate after receiving the necessary 150,000 signatures. The petition was also signed by influential U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Sources: Politico, Inquisitr, NBC News, The Hill, The Independent, Melania Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: AP via Politico, Matt Wade/Flickr

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