February 22, 2018

First lady Melania Trump unveils sneak peek at White House holiday decorations

29 November 2017, 01:09 | Cassandra Thompson

Melania Trump stands in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington DC

Melania Trump stands in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington DC

The White House is ready for Christmas.

"The President, Barron, and I are very excited for our first Christmas in the White House", Trump shared.

"I don't think she thought it was going to happen", they added. For the always inscrutable Melania Trump, it was a moment to stand conspicuously still, emoting absolutely nothing, as the dancers twirled through a beloved holiday classic.

Paolo Zampolli, a former modeling agency boss who introduced the couple and is now a USA ambassador, said of Mrs Trump: "She knows what she wants".

New this year are wreaths hanging from the exterior of every window.

US President Donald Trump First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron look on after Trump pardoned the turkey
US President Donald Trump First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron look on after Trump pardoned the turkey Credit AFP

The lengthy article examined Mrs. Trump in a variety of ways and described in detail how her East Wing office is right above where White House visitors enter the residence and where military members protect the "nuclear football". The story provides a mixed view on the relationship between Melania and Donald, with one of her friends saying it is "old news" that they lead largely separate lives.

However, a spokesman for the First Lady said Trump was "honoured" by her role.

Despite constant speculation about the dynamic between Melania and her husband, and numerous photographs that appear to show a deeply unhappy wife, a longtime friend of the president said he "listens to her and adores her". She said, "It's not my thing, it's Donald's thing".

In the Associated Press photo above, the first lady pauses, as a ballerina performs a piece from "The Nutcracker" behind her among the 2017 holiday decorations in the Grand Foyer of the White House. She only has nine staff members who assist her, far less than previous first ladies, Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush.

Donald Trump didn't appear in the clip. "On behalf of my husband and Barron, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season".

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