Melania is seen for the first time in TEN DAYS as she attends Easter brunch with husband Donald at Mar-a-Lago – after disappearing from public view in the wake of his indictment for Stormy Daniels ‘hush money’
- Melania Trump has stepped out of hiding, appearing with her husband at an Easter brunch at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday
- Video posted online shows a crowd applauding as former President Donald Trump and Melania walked in and waved to their supporters before sitting
- It was the first time she was seen in public since her husband was indicted on charges of falsifying business records
Video posted online shows a crowd applauding on Sunday as former President Donald Trump and Melania walked in and waved to their supporters before sitting down together at a table.
The estate was apparently hosting an Easter celebration, complete with an egg hunt for children and a buffet complete with oysters, shrimp and champagne.
Melania’s appearance at the event marks the first time she was seen in public since her husband was indicted on charges of falsifying business records in relation to hush money payments he allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former doorman.
She had earlier broken her radio silence online by tweeting a simple ‘Happy Easter!’ message.
Melania Trump came out of hiding on Sunday when she was seen sitting at a table at Mar-a-Lago with her husband for an Easter brunch
Former President Donald Trump and Melania were earlier spotted entering the eatery at the resort as supporters applauded them
Melania had not been seen in public since March 30 – the evening it was announced Trump was going to be indicted by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg
Melania, 52, had noticeably not followed her husband to New York City last week when he turned himself over to authorities and pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges, nor was she at his rally at Mar-a-Lago in the aftermath when the former president gave a special shoutout to all of his children — but made no mention of his wife.
The only sign that the couple were OK was that Viktor Knavs, Melania’s father, sat between the former president’s two sons in the front row, a prominent perch that put him directly in the eye of the cameras.
It remains unclear why the former first lady wasn’t there, but sources previously told DailyMail.com she is hurt and angry about the allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels as she faces up to a year and a half of having her dirty laundry aired out in public as the New York criminal case drags on.
Those who know the former first lady well now say that she is choosing to stay out of the spotlight to protect herself from the news of her husband’s infidelity.
Before the indictment was announced last week, a source told PEOPLE that Melania ‘is leading her own life’ and ‘still feels happy’ at Mar-a-Lago, but ‘remains angry and doesn’t want to hear’ about the alleged $130,000 in hush money to Daniels.
Lauren Wright, a political scientist at Princeton University, also told DailyMail.com she is ‘not surprised Melania was nowhere to be found at her husband’s post-indictment speech.
‘Throughout Trump’s presidency, when the Stormy Daniels issue came up, Melania would assert her independence in one way or another, either avoiding the topic or, most famously, contradicting those who claimed to know her feelings about the alleged extramarital dalliance,’ she noted.
And Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide and friend, said she believes that Melania’s recent silence and disappearance from the scene is deliberate.
‘It’s her weapon of choice and her protective armor,’ she says.
The Mar-a-Lago resort was apparently hosting an Easter celebration on Sunday
Melania, 52, had noticeably not followed her husband to New York City last week when he turned himself over to authorities and pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges. The couple are pictured here in 2017
Melania had previously gone missing in action in January 2018, days after Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels was outed by the Wall Street Journal.
At the time, the first lady cancelled plans to accompany her husband to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
She blamed ‘scheduling and logistical issues.’