Melania Trump walks away as Donald Trump waves
Melania has been accused of not writing any personal “thank you” letters to the White House staff – despite it being a long-standing tradition for outgoing First Ladies.
Typed notes, which were address to butlers, cooks, housekeepers, ushers and maintenance workers, were reportedly written in Melania’s style to make it appear she had written them herself.
But she did not write the notes herself, a source claimed.
Melania signed her name at the bottom of each note but sources have claimed Melania has been “checked out” in the recent weeks.
They also said Melania is “not sad to be leaving” the White House, according to CNN.
R Couri Hay, an American publisher, said Melania was a “reluctant First Lady” who took on the role “for her husband”.
He told The New York Times: “I think that you will find that she will be even less visible, and less available [after she leaves Washington].”
But Mr Trump’s former senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said Melania will be remembered warmly.
She told The Times: “Melania is and will continue to be the most popular Trump.
“As First Lady, she was fully engaged, but not overexposed.
“There remains a curiosity and a mystery about her.”
Mr Trump and his wife refused to attend Mr Biden’s inauguration and instead flew to Florida to address his own supporters.
At Air Force Base Andrews, Mr Trump paid tribute to his wife and said: “Our First Lady has been a woman of great grace and beauty and so popular with the people, so popular.”
Melania then added: “Being your First Lady was my greatest honour.
“Thank you for your love and support.
“You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
“God bless you all, God bless your families and God bless this beautiful nation.”
Mr Trump is the first president to snub his successor’s inauguration since 1869 but said he wishes the new administration “great luck and great success”.
He said: “It’s been a great honour and privilege to be your president. I will always fight for you.
“I will be watching. I will be listening.
“I wish the new administration great luck and great success.
“I think they will have great success.
“They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”
But while not mentioning Mr Biden’s name, the former president teased his political return.
He continued: “Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form.
“Have a good life. We will see you soon.”