The East Wing abruptly announced on Monday that first lady Melania Trump would no longer accompany the president on his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week as was initially planned. According to CNN, Stephanie Grisham, spokesperson for the first lady, said the change of plans was due to “scheduling and logistical issues.”
Observers have noted that those “logistical issues” seem to have materialized over the last 10 days, as reports have emerged alleging that in the final stages of his campaign, Trump directed his personal lawyer to make a $130,000 payment to an adult film star known as Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about a supposed affair the two are said to have had back in 2006. Both Daniels and the president have denied such a payment was made or that an affair took place.
After the initial report about the hush money by The Wall Street Journal surfaced, gossip magazine In Touch Weekly published a 2011 interview with Daniels that previously had never seen the light of day. In the interview, which was conducted long before any purported payment was made, Daniels discussed in minute detail a purported sexual encounter with Trump and an ensuing relationship. In that interview, Daniels claimed that Trump had cheated on Melania with her in the days following the 2006 birth of the couple’s son. Daniels, when interviewed by New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer over the weekend, was reluctant to answer any questions about Trump, only saying that the last week has been “stressful” but at the same time “amusing.”
In Touch published the interview with Daniels a day before the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. The next day, Melania, who hasn’t spoken publicly since the Wall Street Journal broke its story on January 12, posted a curious tweet ostensibly acknowledging her husband’s one-year anniversary, but didn’t mention his name and included a photo of herself from inauguration day holding the arm of a military escort.
This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/MMRi72ENd0
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 20, 2018
Adding to the intrigue, the first couple’s 13th anniversary came and went Monday with no public sightings of the couple celebrating or even acknowledging the date and no accounts of them celebrating privately, as The Washington Post pointed out. The president, who as always was very active on Twitter Monday, mentioned nothing of the special day. And the only word from the first lady’s office was to announce that she’ll no longer join her husband on a trip to a picturesque, romantic town in the Swiss Alps. That’s an unusual way to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
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