Rarely, Melania Trump had appeared so playful alongside her husband. But Tuesday evening, at their residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, the former First Lady did not hold back her smile as Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the American presidential election, in front of his supporters. Elegant in a white and black suit, Melania Trump was accompanied by their son Barron, now 16 years old. For the first time, the former president of the United States has recognized that his first mandate had not been easy for his wife. “It hasn’t been a healthy ride for our great first lady. It was not a happy moment,” he said, inviting her to stand and receive the applause of the crowd gathered around them. “It wasn’t easy, but she was a great first lady and people love her,” he said.
Donald Trump’s children present
In January 2021, when leaving the White House, Melania Trump gave a farewell speech, barely hiding his relief, after four years of controversy. “I say goodbye to my role as First Lady, I sincerely hope that every American will play their part in teaching our children what it means to be better”, she had launched, in reference to “Be Best”, the program she started to promote the welfare of children. But today, Melania Trump seems ready to take on this role again. She had already appeared last week hand in hand with her husband in Palm Beach, accompanying him to vote in the midterm elections.
Some of Donald Trump’s children were also present on Tuesday evening. In addition to the young Barron, Eric Trump and his wife Lara were also invited. Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. was at the party, as was Jared Kushner, the stepson of the former leader, husband of Ivanka Trump who was absent. This new candidacy is the third of the septuagenarian to the White House. Coming to power in November 2016 by creating the greatest modern political surprise, Donald Trump had flouted all customs during his presidency. He had left Washington in chaos after failing to seek re-election against Joe Biden, a defeat he never acknowledged.