Melania Travels To SOTU Without President Trump (Photo)

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First lady Melania Trump arrived at President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech in a different motorcade and held a separate reception for her guests.

Melania traveled to Capitol Hill on Jan. 30 in a separate motorcade from her husband, the Daily Mail reported. The White House denied rumors of marital issues, stating that the separate motorcades had more to do with logistics, adding that the first lady wanted to spend more time with her guests.  

"Mrs. Trump is honoring her guests for the true heroes they are," Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement, CNN reported. "In addition to holding a White House reception and photo opportunity for them and their friends and family, she is accompanying them to the Capitol."

"Once there, the first lady and Mrs. Pence will host a more intimate meet-and-greet to engage with them on a personal level prior to the speech," Grisham added.

While Melania Trump may have arrived in a separate motorcade from President Trump, they did ride back to the White House together in his official limousine. It was the first time the couple had been seen together in public since Jan. 15.

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Melania Trump was reportedly "blindsided" by The Wall Street Journal's Jan. 12 article, which reported that Donald Trump's lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about their alleged 2006 affair during the 2016 presidential election.

In Touch Weekly magazine later published the full transcript of an exclusive interview it had with Stormy in 2011, in which she provided details about the alleged sexual encounter. 

Since the reports surfaced, Melania Trump has canceled plans to travel with the president to Davos, and instead made an unannounced visit to the National Holocaust Museum before returning to her Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida by herself.

Grisham took to Twitter on Jan. 26 to discredit any rumors of marital problems.

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"BREAKING:The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into 'main stream media' reporting," Melania's spokeswoman tweeted. "She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS - not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had confirmed that the first lady would be attending the president's State of the Union speech.

"In terms of family all of the presidents children, along with the first lady, will be at the State of the Union, with the exclusion of Barron, I don't believe he will be attending as of right now," Sanders said during a press briefing.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, In Touch Weekly, Twitter / Featured Image: Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu/Flickr / Embedded Images: CNN via Daily Mail, The White House via Wikimedia Commons

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