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Melania Trump appears to have been avoiding Donald for months

First Lady Melania Trump (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

More than two months since Melania Trump was reportedly “blindsided” by the news that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair, first lady Melania Trump still appears to be giving Donald the cold shoulder, while remaining silent publicly. Daniels, who is now making efforts to end her confidentiality agreement so she can speak out about her relationship with the real-estate mogul turned president, had claimed in a recently resurfaced 2011 interview that Trump had an affair with her a little more than a year after he married Melania, and just four months after she gave birth to Barron Trump. Daniels lawyer has also been appearing on numerous cable news and morning shows saying the same thing. Meanwhile, another report has emerged that outlined an alleged affair between Trump and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. To date, the first lady has yet to address either report — a contrast with her prior fiery claims that the women who accused her husband of sexual harassment or assault had “no facts.”

On the day of Melania and Donald’s 13th wedding anniversary — just 10 days after the Wall Street Journal reported that Daniels had been paid to keep quiet about the affair ahead of the 2016 election — Melania abruptly announced that she would no longer be travelling with Donald to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland because of “scheduling” issues. Instead, Melania was seen visiting the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., and making a solo trip to the couple’s hotel in Mar-a-Lago. Since then, Melania has commemorated her husband’s first year as president by sharing a picture of herself without Donald in it, and bucked longstanding tradition by arriving separately to her husband’s first State of the Union address. Observers of the State of the Union address also noticed that when President Trump declared that “faith and family … are the center of Democracy,” Melania remained seated even as her son and everyone else around her rose to their feet in applause. The speech marked the first time the first couple had been seen together at a public event since New Year’s Eve.

On Valentine’s Day, Melania declined to say whether she would spend time with her husband, and instead spent the day visiting sick children at the National Institutes of Health’s Children’s Inn in Bethesda, Maryland. When news broke that month of McDougal’s alleged affair with Trump, Melania opted to skip a ride with her husband on Marine One to Mar-a-Lago, and instead chose to meet him on Air Force One after taking a private car trip by motorcade. The president, it a rare moment of awareness, admitted recently that his wife’s life is “not so easy.”

The first lady has previously denied reports of marital strife in the White House, but with the recent news of Vanessa Trump’s request for divorce with Donald Trump Jr. and a Stormy Daniels appearance on 60 Minutes slated to air this Sunday, curiosity about Melania’s true feelings is only continuing to mount.

Watch CNN’s video coverage of the story below.

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