The former first lady instead outsourced the traditionally personalised work to a lower-level staffer (Picture: AP)
Melania Trump did not write her own ‘thank you’ notes to White House staff who cared for her family during her husband’s presidency, it has been revealed.
The former first lady instead outsourced the work to a lower-level staffer, according to CNN.
Around 80 staff, including butlers, cooks, housekeepers, ushers and maintenance workers, were given the notes, which were ‘written in Mrs Trump’s voice’ to make it appear as if she had drafted them herself.
Instead the 51-year-old simply signed her name at the bottom of each note.
It has been a long tradition for first ladies to leave personalised notes to staff, which often become cherished keepsakes as workers often become close to the families of the president.
But sources told CNN Mrs Trump has ‘checked out’ in recent weeks and is ‘not sad to be leaving’ the White House.
Society publicist R. Couri Hay also told The New York Times he believes Mrs Trump was ‘a reluctant first lady’ who took on the role ‘for her husband’.
‘I think that you will find that she will be even less visible, and less available [after she leaves Washington],’ he stated.
Former president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump address their supporters for the last time while in power (Picture: Getty Images)
It comes as Melania departs the White House with the lowest popularity rating for a first lady in polling history.
But Republicans – and her own husband – insists she left Washington with a huge amount of support behind her.
‘Melania is and will continue to be the most popular Trump,’ said Kellyanne Conway, who was senior counsellor to the former president.
‘As first lady, she was fully engaged, but not overexposed. There remains a curiosity and a mystery about her.’
Mrs Trump was pictured exiting the White House for the final time with her husband yesterday.
Mr and Mrs Trump disembark from their final flight on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach (Picture: AP)
The couple walked side-by-side across the White House lawn, before boarding Marine One.
Once at Air Force Base Andrews, Mr Trump paid tribute to his wife as he addressed a crowd of supporters.
‘Our first lady has been a woman of great grace and beauty, and so popular with the people, so popular,’ he stated.
She then addressed the nation for the last time as first lady.
‘Being your first lady was my greatest honour,’ she said.
‘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.’
The couple then flew to Florida, with Mrs Trump changing into a much more relaxed outfit to signify the start of a new life.
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