In a New Year’s Eve speech at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, former President Donald Trump addressed the conspicuous absence of his wife, Melania Trump, from holiday celebrations, revealing that she was staying with her sick mother, Amalija Knavs. Trump wished his mother-in-law a speedy recovery during the speech, describing the situation as “a very tough one.”
The revelation came after Melania was notably missing from a Christmas photo posted by Kimberly Guilfoyle on Instagram, featuring much of the Trump family gathered at his Palm Beach resort. A source close to Melania informed Fox News that the former First Lady chose to spend Christmas with her ailing mother, emphasizing Melania’s dedication to her entire family.
During his New Year’s Eve event, Trump, in footage recorded by an attendee, acknowledged Melania’s absence, conveying his sentiments to partygoers. He praised Melania as a “great First Lady” and updated on her mother’s health, noting that she was in a hospital in Miami.
Melania Trump, who has made few public appearances since Trump left office in 2021, has not accompanied him on his 2024 campaign trail or court appearances. Her absence from public life has led to speculation about her lifestyle, with reports suggesting she has returned to relative seclusion, spending most of her time with her son, Barron Trump.
While Laurence Leamer, author of the book “Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace,” has described Melania’s life as “strange” and “isolated,” a spokesperson for the couple has not commented on these remarks.
Melania Trump’s endorsement of her husband’s candidacy in a May interview with Fox News, where she expressed a commitment to “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength,” contrasts with her limited public presence. As Trump looks ahead to the 2024 election, he expressed optimism for the year, pledging to “make America great again” during his New Year’s Eve speech. The Trump family’s dynamic and Melania’s role continue to be subjects of public interest and scrutiny.