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Trump Affirms Melania Will Be Moving To DC

| by Denise Recalde

President Donald Trump affirmed his wife Melania will in fact be moving to Washington D.C.

"Melania goes back and forth and once Barron finishes school, it's hard to take a child out of school with a few months left, she and Barron will be moving over to the White House," Trump told media representatives, the Daily Mail reports.

Trump made the comment in response to tabloid reports insinuating the first lady will permanently reside in Trump Tower in New York. 

The American leader pointedly addressed some of the negative coverage of his wife.

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"I think she's a great representative for this country," Trump said. 

"And a funny thing happens because she gets so unfairly maligned, the things they say -- I've known her for a long time, she was a very successful person," he said of the woman he married in 2005.

"She was a very successful model. She did really well. She would go home at night and didn't even want to go out with people. She was a private person. She was always the highest quality that you'll ever find," the president said. 

Melania has only appeared in the capitol twice since the inauguration. 

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She appeared briefly in the capital before traveling on Air Force One with her husband and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife for a weekend at his "winter White House" Mar-a-Lago residence. She also was in Washington on Feb. 15 to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Melanie and Sara visited the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The president and his wife had dinner on Feb. 15 with the Netanyahu's and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and his wife Jeanette, "who is, by the way, lovely," Trump said of her. 

Trump also told media representatives that Melania had opened the White House Visitors Office, which isn't exactly true.

The first lady released a statement on Feb. 14 stating the Visitors Office, which organizes tours of the White House, would be open on March 7. Congressional members, including Republicans, had been pushing for the Visitors Office to open in order to satisfy citizen requests for White House tours, which they are in charge of processing. The pause in White House tours, customary during the change of administration, has been longer than usual due to the lack of appointments to the first lady's staff. Thus far, Melania has hired only a social secretary and a chief of staff. 

She has not unveiled any official policies she plans to pursue yet. 

While stating before the election that she would address cyber bullying, Trump told the press Melania would, in fact, become an advocate for women along with Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump.

"She's going to be a tremendous representative of women and of the people and helping her and working with her will be Ivanka who is a fabulous person and a fabulous woman," Trump said. 

Trump's comments about his wife come after reports have emerged of Melania being "miserable" in her new role as first lady.   

“This life wasn’t her dream. It was Donald’s,” her stylist, Us Weekly reports.

Sources: Daily Mail, Us Weekly / Photo credit: Librado Romero/The New York Times

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