First Lady Melania, Queen Rania visit school in Washington D.C.

A billionaire, a queen and an American first lady walked into a public charter school on Wednesday, collecting bouquets, examining owl pellets and hugging students amid the rapid-fire clicking of cameras.

The visit to Excel Academy, an all-girls charter school, by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Queen Rania of Jordan and Melania Trump, the first lady, was meant to emphasize the Trump administration’s stance on school choice. But it was also part of a day of photo ops intended to cast a softer lens on a presidential administration grappling with several international crises, and provide another glimpse of a first lady whose sporadic appearances in Washington have revealed relatively little about her own leadership style. Continue reading “First Lady Melania, Queen Rania visit school in Washington D.C.”

First Lady Melania Trump helps present 13 Women of Courage Awards

Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world.

The first lady and top State Department official Thomas Shannon are presenting the awards in Washington.

Mrs. Trump says the women are “true heroes” and “extraordinary examples” of finding the courage needed to help change the world. Continue reading “First Lady Melania Trump helps present 13 Women of Courage Awards”

Melania Trump begins stepping into role as first lady

Melania Trump’s invitation for high-powered women to join her at the White House was about more than the lunch they would eat, or the stated purpose of honoring International Women’s Day.

It marked a “coming out,” almost two months into President Donald Trump’s term, for a first lady described by her husband as a “very private person.” She had spent a couple of weeks hunkered down at the family’s midtown Manhattan penthouse while Trump got down to work in Washington. Now, the former model is taking her first steps into her very public new role. Continue reading “Melania Trump begins stepping into role as first lady”

First lady hosts International Women’s Day luncheon

Melania Trump is hosting a luncheon on International Women’s Day. It’s her first solo White House event as first lady.

The U.N.-designated day commemorates the push for women’s rights. Women across the U.S. are observing the day by skipping work and shopping, and attending rallies.

At the White House, the first lady welcomed about 50 women seated at tables adorned with floral centerpieces of pharaoh tulips and sweet pea flowers in shades of purple.

Attendees included her daughter-in-law, Ivanka Trump; Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Continue reading “First lady hosts International Women’s Day luncheon”

First Lady’s approval rating is on the rise

The more Americans learn about first lady Melania Trump, the more they like her.

Her favorability rating is up 16 points since her husband was sworn-in as President, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday in CNN’s COVER/LINE newsletter.

About 52% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Melania Trump, an increase from 36% pre-inauguration. In February 2016, the former model’s favorable rating was a paltry 24%, her unfavorable was 31% and 23% had never even heard of her. Now, just 3% say they don’t know who the first lady is, and her unfavorable rate has held steady at 32%.

Most of the recent uptick in favorable results are due to those undecided Americans, or those who had yet to form an opinion. Pre-inauguration, 23% had no opinion about the first lady, compared with 12% now.

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First Lady Melania Trump, Sara Netanyahu visit African American Museum in D.C.

While President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, first lady Melania and Sara Netanyahu toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu left the White House at about 2:30 p.m. Trump was wearing a white one-piece peplum dress with her hair down, while Netanyahu sported a pink knee-length coat over a pink dress.

Upon arrival at the museum, the duo met Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum directors escorted the first ladies around the facility and gave them a verbal tour of the 19th Smithsonian institution. They stopped by the Greensboro Lunch Counter, where four black residents of Greensboro, N.C., launched a sit-in at a restaurant inside the Woolworth department store on South Elm Street.

Trump and Netanyahu’s tour stopped at the statue of Thomas Jefferson to see the exhibit called “The Paradox of Liberty,” a reference to the founding father’s owning slaves.

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First Lady reopens White House Visitors Office

First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce the White House Visitors Office will resume public tours on Tuesday, March 7th.

“I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year.  The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history.  I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation’s most recognizable landmark. ”

Public tour requests must be submitted through a Member of Congress.  These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).  Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and must be submitted no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible, as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge.

For more information, please visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events.

–The White House

Melania Trump visits Japanese garden with Akie Abe

First Lady Melania Trump is committed to continuing the White House garden tradition, showcasing her interest in a Saturday morning visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“The First Lady has a deep personal commitment to her role as caretaker and nurturer, beginning with her family. She believes there is a connection between a child’s mind and places of calm and beauty to be used as a tool for us all. As a mother and as the First Lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House Gardens, specifically the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the first lady, said in a statement to CNN.

Melania Trump and Akie Abe are touring the Delray Beach museum and its six Japanese-inspired gardens, while President Donald Trump and the Japanese prime minister are slated to play golf at Trump’s club in Jupiter. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits Japanese garden with Akie Abe”