America's first lady Melania Trump will attend Tuesday night's State of the Union address, reports White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “That is the plan,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said an email.
The New York Times writes tonight that Mrs. Trump is furious with her husband over his latest scandal, reported by the Wall Street Journal as a $130,000 payout to porn star Stormy Daniels just a month before the election. The story blindsided the first lady, leaving her absolutely furious with Trump, so angry that she cancelled her trip to Davos.
This is the first time over the years that Melania Trump has not defended her husband.
In 2011, Mrs. Trump appeared on TV to support her husband’s attempts to pressure President Barack Obama into making his birth certificate public. In 2016, she again appeared on camera to dismiss an “Access Hollywood” recording from 2005 — in which Mr. Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals — as “boy talk.” Mrs. Trump has also defended her husband against claims brought by multiple women that he sexually assaulted them.
“I believe my husband, I believe my husband — it was all organized from the opposition,” Mrs. Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in the tumultuous weeks before the 2016 election, in which the president was accused of sexual harassment and groping almost daily by yet another woman.
In the wake of the Stormy Daniels story, Melania Trump has become the ice queen. Due to the divisive nature of her husband's presidency, she also exists without being a member of the first ladies club -- a source of support from Laura Bush to Michelle Obama. Under another president, both women would available as trusted shoulders for her to lean on without fear of privacy violations.
“First ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Hillary Clinton to Laura Bush have stood by their husbands at the lowest points in their presidency,” Kate Andersen Brower, an author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies,” said in an interview. “We’re seeing a different example with Melania of a woman who has maybe had too much.”