SINCE Donald Trump left the White House in early 2021, his wife Melania Trump has been conspicuously absent from the public eye.
But behind the scenes, the former First Lady has been working on projects including charity fundraising, and signs indicate her husband’s potential presidential run may bring her back into the spotlight.
Former First Lady Melania Trump has launched her first NFTCredit: AP
Much of Melania’s 2021 has been spent outside the public eyeCredit: AFP
The Trumps started their year in a non-traditional way, choosing not to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Melania sightings were few and far between through the rest of winter and early spring, primarily brief appearances at Mar-a-Lago.
She attended a GOP fundraiser at the resort in April and was well-received by the appreciative audience, who cheered as she and the former President debuted.
She was also seen at dinners with her husband Donald through the spring, assuaging rumors that the couple would split up–but in June, speculation returned in full force.
At a birthday party for Donald Trump, Melania was nowhere to be seen, leading some to double down on the rumors that the couple had gone their separate ways.
Melania was spotted leaving Trump Tower in New York City consistently through the summer and fall.
Much of the model and entrepreneur’s online presence has been focused on her charity work, supporting Republican leaders, and recognizing national holidays.
But in September, she slammed Stephanie Grisham after sources said her former aide’s book reveals “secrets about Donald even she doesn’t know.”
According to Grisham, during the unrest at the Capitol on January 6, she asked if the First Lady wanted to tweet that “peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence.”
Melania reportedly replied “no.”
Melania was helping to prep for a photoshoot of a rug she had selected at the time of the siege, according to Grisham.
Hours later Grisham would resign from her role.
The former first lady issued a strongly worded statement following news of the explosive memoir, blasting Grisham’s “poor performance as press secretary, failed personal relationships, and unprofessional behavior.”
Melania and Donald performed ‘The Chop’ at the World Series game in AtlantaCredit: Getty
Melania made a public appearance alongside Donald Trump on Saturday, October 30, at game four of the 2021 World Series in Atlanta, Georgia.
As the Atlanta Braves battled back-and-forth with the Houston Astros, Melania was viewed smiling alongside her husband.
However, a clip of the first lady turning away, grimacing and rolling her eyes went viral, with Twitter users pointing to the new “reaction gif” as hard evidence of the former first lady’s attempts to distance herself from Donald Trump.
“Who else gets the feeling that Melania can’t stand the sight of her husband,” former Obama regional campaign chair, Jon Cooper, tweeted afterward.
In October of 2020, Trump’s former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed in a conversation with the Daily Mail that a split was certain between the Trumps, and claimed that Melania was repulsed by her husband.
“What I have observed in the last 17 years would make your head spin,” she said.
“Sometimes they like each other but sometimes she is repulsed by him.”
The source familiar with the first lady’s state of mind said Trump entering the 2024 election race “might not go over well” with his wife.
However, Melania Trump claims that she will be “right there” beside Donald if he runs again in 2024, an adviser has said.
“The only thing that Trump cares about these days is golf and Melania. And if she doesn’t want him to run, then it’s going to be pushing a big rock up the hill,” the adviser told Politico.
“I don’t think politics is her thing. She doesn’t like the game,” the adviser admitted.
Sources close to the family say Melania is focusing on her family, especially her son Barron who is now attending school in Palm Beach.
However, in December, Melania closed out 2021 by announcing a foray into the world of NFTs.
A non-fungible token called “Melania’s Vision” will feature a watercolor painting of the titular model’s “cobalt blue” eyes.
For the price of one SOL, a cryptocurrency on the Solana blockchain, collectors can possess the celebrity NFT, which a statement described as an “amulet to inspire.”
The art piece ‘Melania’s Vision’ is the former First Lady’s premiere limited-edition NFTCredit: Office of Melania Trump
In the statement, The Office of Melania Trump said that the limited-edition NFT will only be available for purchase between December 16 and 31, and that the first piece is a preview of what’s to come on her exclusive NFT platform.
“Through this new technology-based platform, we will provide children computer science skills, including programming and software development, to thrive after they age out of the foster community,” Melania said in a statement.
Proceeds from the NFT collection will go towards the Be Best campaign, and will “assist children aging out of the foster care system by way of economic empowerment.”
Melania also hinted at an upcoming auction in 2022 which will include “digital artwork, physical artwork, and a one-of-a-kind accessory.”
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