Melania Trump is already sealing her title as the worst First Lady EVER.
Traditionally, it’s the role of the First Lady to accompany spouses of visiting foreign leaders around Washington. That often means a good deal of showcasing local museums, schools, monuments and gardens. It’s essentially playing tour guide, but it’s part of the role of representing the Administration and playing gracious hostess to very VIP out of town guests.
Melania Trump appears to be breaking with this particular tradition.
On two pre-scheduled Washington stops Friday, one to Gallaudet University and the other to attend a National Cherry Blossom Festival committee meeting at the Japanese embassy, the first lady of Japan, Akie Abe, was alone, without Mrs. Trump to guide her.
Melania Trump, who has decided to live in New York through the end of the school year with her son Barron, was on hand to greet the Abes Friday afternoon and flew with them and her husband aboard Air Force One to Palm Beach, Florida, for a weekend stay at Mar-a-Lago.
But Mrs. Abe’s solo DC outings are nothing like her previous trips to the US capital city. In 2015, Mrs. Abe joined Michelle Obama on a visit to a Great Falls, Virginia, elementary school, where the two women were cheered by students. And in 2007, Laura Bush joined her husband, George W. Bush, and Prime Minister Abe, in greeting the couple during another trip to Washington, meeting them for tea at Blair House, and then walking over to the White House for dinner.
The two women also went on a solo jaunt to tour Mount Vernon, keeping one another company during a walk through the estate’s gardens.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 10, 2017
There is a dinner scheduled this evening for the Abes and the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago, and on Saturday, it is expected the two spouses will be alone together while their husbands play golf and talk diplomacy.
But the unexplained absence of Melania Trump during Mrs. Abe’s visit to the nation’s capital, marks a departure from past tradition, something that’s fast becoming a hallmark of this new Administration.
Requests for clarification about Mrs. Trump’s whereabouts earlier in the day on Friday went unanswered by the White House. Mrs. Trump has not yet named her own spokesperson.