Melania Trump will stand by her husband’s side if former President Trump decides to run for another term in the White House, according to advisers and figures close to the couple.
They hit back at a recent report that Melania planned to avoid another four years as first lady.
“When you see them together in Mar-a-Lago, you know they’re in this together and all the reports about their separate lives are bullshit,” said a frequent visitor to Trump’s Florida club.
Trump has dropped frequent hints that he plans to run in 2024, but aides say he’s unlikely to make a formal announcement until after the nest year’s midterm elections.
That leaves political commentators guessing about his intentions — and his wife’s.
Insiders told CNN on Sunday that the former model was content to be a mother to 15-year-old Barron and had “zero desire” to return to the White House.
But allies responded by insisting the report was false.
‘If [Trump] walks, she will be there,” said a consultant Politics.
“She’s not going to hold her own rallies. But has she ever done that?’
Former First Lady Melania Trump has no interest in returning to the White House or getting involved in politics – even if her husband decides to flee again
“Being first lady again isn’t what she wants,” said one person who was close to Melania when she was first lady. ‘It was a chapter for her – and it’s over, and that’s that’
Another person said that if Trump ran again, Melania would be replaced on the campaign trail by daughter-in-law Lara Trump (left), who is married to Eric Trump, and Kimberly Giulfoyle (right), Don Jr.’s girlfriend.
Trump is expected to soon move south from his New Jersey golf club to take up residence in Mar-a-Lago for the winter.
The former first lady is already in Florida, where Barron has started school at the exclusive Oxbridge Academy.
“All Trump cares about these days is golf and Melania. And if she doesn’t want him to run away, it will push a big rock up the hill,” said one person close to Trump.
“I don’t think politics is her thing. She doesn’t like the game.’
The former first lady cut a private figure during her time in the White House. And she’s only been spotted once this summer, when she left Trump Tower in Manhattan with Barron in early July
During the 2016 campaign, Melania refused to appear at events so often, a political aide who worked on Trump’s team in the early days, told CNN they eventually “asked no more.”
This has led many to suspect that she wants to step out of political life altogether.
Another person, aware of the former first lady’s apparent lack of interest in Trump’s presidential and political ambitions, said: “You won’t see her at rallies or campaign events, even if he says ‘officially’ that he’s active again.’
Replacing Melania for these public appearances, the source said, would be Trump’s son’s partners — Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend.
Melania returned to Mar-a-Lago last month, where she will reside full-time while Barron Trump, 15, (right) attends private school. The two are pictured exiting Trump Tower in Manhattan on July 7, 2021
“They have that same urge that Trump has to (run) again; Melania absolutely not,” the person revealed.
A source who spoke to CNN said Melania views Trump’s continued interest in politics as his job, not hers.
The Slovenian-American former model returned to Mar-a-Lago in August, where she will stay with Barron full-time while he attends a private school in the area.
‘The Trump voter moves’ [Melania] on a pedestal,” an agent told CNN. “They’re impressed by the way she looks or the way she basically doesn’t express ideas or opinions, which they see as stoicism and loyalty.”
“For them, that’s enough for fidelity,” they added.
Someone who has been in Melania’s social circle for over a decade said her life is now more private than it could ever be in Washington, and “that’s how she likes it.”
“The more she can be private and not out in the open, the better,” she added. ‘And there’s nothing wrong with that. I mean, if every person in the world watched your every move for four or five years, and it wasn’t pleasant for you — just imagine how triggering that must have been.’
In February, the former first lady announced in February that she would open her office after the White House, but the Twitter account has been largely stripped of any announcement of Melania’s life after leaving Washington.