Melania Trump was finishing photoshoot throughout US Capitol siege: CNN
- First Lady Melania Trump was focused on completing a photo project for her coffee table book when a crowd of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, according to a CNN report.
- A White House source told the news agency that Melania – who has yet to comment on the events – is mentally “checked out” and no longer wants to “get involved”.
- The first lady and Trump’s adult children have shunned the limelight since the violent events struck this week.
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As images of a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol consumed air waves, First Lady Melania Trump focused on completing a White House photoshoot, according to a report from CNN.
The first lady is reportedly working on a coffee table book of decorative items she restored at the president’s residence and was overseeing a photo shoot for the project when the violent events unfolded just two miles away.
“Photos of carpets and other items were taken in the Executive Residence and the east wing,” a source familiar with the first lady’s schedule told CNN.
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But when the news came that Trump supporters had stormed the Capitol, Melania – along with White House chief Timothy Harleth – reportedly focused only on getting the job done.
When asked by aides whether she would like to issue a statement demanding peace and quiet, the first lady said nothing and was silent.
Another White House source told CNN that this was because she was mentally “checked out” and “just isn’t in a place where she wants to be mentally or emotionally involved.”
Melania has been planning to leave the White House for several weeks. Close sources previously told CNN that “she just wants to go home”.
The first lady has shunned the limelight since a crowd of Trump supporters besieged the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
The rioters wanted to stop the electoral college vote counting confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Although the legislature had to be brought to safety because the mob broke into the Senate Chamber, the vote took place a few hours later.
That evening, the first lady’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, had resigned.
“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been part of Ms. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this administration,” Grisham told ABC News.
White House Social Secretary Anna Cristina “Rickie” Niceta also resigned on Wednesday. Both Grisham and Niceta were among the longest serving officials in the Trump administration.