Many people theorized that as soon as Donald Trump lost the election, Melania Trump would leave him and file for divorce. It was said that she can’t stand him, that she avoided him constantly at the White House, that they barely spoke. Other people said “not so fast.” The version of Melania which I now believe is one where she truly doesn’t give a sh-t either way – she’s a self-absorbed golddigger trophy wife who only wants a comfortable, lazy existence, and she can have a husband or an ex-husband, her life goals are the same. So… how does this fit in? Apparently, Melania is organizing her own post-First Lady office so she can extend her Be Best busy work. The f–k?
Former first lady Melania Trump is establishing a post-White House office in Palm Beach, Florida, according to two sources familiar with her plans. Her intention is to “maintain ‘Be Best,'” said one of the sources, Trump’s loosely defined initiative that looks to help children. During her time in the White House, “Be Best” existed as a broad, three-pillared initiative, consisting of children’s health and well-being, safety online and prevention of social media bullying and the impact of the opioid crisis on children.
Trump often did little to help clarify or expand on her platform during her time in the White House, often going weeks between Be Best-focused public events. The East Wing policy office was not robustly staffed, at times sat vacant, and at most had one full-time, dedicated East Wing employee.
Trump’s post-White House office will consist of three of her White House staff members, the sources confirmed to CNN. Hayley D’Antuono served for four years as the former first lady’s director of operations and trip supervisor, and is now Trump’s chief of staff. Mary “Casey” Finzer was a low-level staff assistant in the East Wing office, and one of her tasks included keeping stock of Trump’s “gift closet,” according to a source, where gifted items were kept and wrapped to be distributed at school or hospital events and for trips. Finzer is now a part of the operational and administrative side Trump’s post-White House team. Marcia Kelly, who served as an unpaid senior adviser to Trump when she was in the White House, is also staying onboard for the post-White House office, though it is unclear whether she will now receive a salary.
Both sources indicate Trump’s office is for now functioning out of former President Donald Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, which also is where the former first family is living, and the staff members are at times working remotely. Melania Trump is looking for separate office space in the Palm Beach area. Melania Trump exited the White House with the lowest favorability rating of her tenure as first lady, according to a recent CNN poll.
… What is she up to? I can’t wrap my head around it. She’s clearly not going to DO anything with “Be Best,” so what is the goal here? Is it just basic image upkeep for a “former First Lady”? Or did Melania get a taste of independence and now she wants to have “her own office” like someone important? Or is it something else? I feel like it’s very possible that this is some kind of grift.
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