If you’ve been keeping up with the whereabouts of a certain former first lady, you likely know that after skipping Donald Trump’s arraignment in New York and post-arraignment speech in Palm Beach last week, Melania Trump made a public appearance with her husband on Sunday, sitting alongside him in the Mar-a-Lago dining room. Given that the ex-president’s third wife is said to still be pissed about her spouse’s alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, which he denies—and doesn’t generally appear to like him at all—you might be wondering why she deigned to break bread with the guy this weekend. Was it because she’s contractually obligated to share the same airspace as Trump at least two times a month? Did she show up to the dining room and, finding all the tables taken, decide, “F–k it, I’ll sit with him”? Does the couple spend every second Sunday of the month discussing literature, philosophy, and ancient Greece, no matter how angry they are with each other? According to a new report, it’s actually another reason entirely.
Instead, Page Six reports that Trump begged Melania—and she gave in. “He told her, ‘I really need you for this because we are going to be campaigning,’” a source told the outlet. “They had a major talk over the weekend, and she has…agreed to be on board.” Commenting on why no one else joined them for dinner despite it being a holiday, another person familiar with the matter said: “I think she wanted to show support, but didn’t want to have to talk about any of this s–t,” this “s–t” presumably being the dozens of felonies he’s recently been charged with on account of his seedy little alleged crimes.
And while the people who spoke to Page Six claimed Sunday night’s appearance is just the first of many Melania has agreed to start making with the ex-president as he tries to return to the White House for a second term—noting, hilariously, that “the fact that Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] have stepped away makes it all the more attractive for her to step up to the plate”—others aren’t so sure.
According to People, the only plans Melania has for the future are to avoid her husband and showing up in public with him. “Melania is not now or hasn’t recently taken part in her husband’s political events,“ a source told the outlet. Said another: “Melania’s normally quiet and in the background manner has served her well in the series of scandals plaguing her husband. I assume this will continue.”