First Lady Melania Trump — who just yesterday unveiled the White House's Christmas decorations after a month of preparation — is hitting back at critics who say she was "pushed" into her role as First Lady, a role she didn't want and never asked for.
On Monday, Vanity Fair published a piece claiming that Melania lacked all interest in the job as the nation's foremost wife and mother, but supported her husband's campaign because she knew his desire to be president was just too strong.
Speaking to former Trump advisor Roger Stone, Vanity Fair concluded that Melania "didn't want the spotlight."
"She knew it was in his blood,” Stone said. “He always wanted to run. She is the one who pushed him to run just by saying run or do not run. I don’t think she was ever too crazy about it.” She knew her husband wanted to run for president. And she knew that, if he didn’t, he was likely to be knocking around their gilded triplex in Trump Tower, muttering about how he should have done so. “She said, ‘It’s not my thing. It’s Donald’s thing,’ ” according to Stone. “And I think she understood he was going to be unhappy if he didn’t run.”
The magazine, and author Sarah Ellison, goes on to critique Melania's handling of the First Lady's office, dramatically cutting staff, as though this were somehow indicative that Donald Trump's wife was "less prepared or suited" for the role.
In fact, Melania has simply not refilled an East Wing that expanded greatly during her predecessor Michelle Obama's term. Obama had designs on a more powerful First Lady's office and stocked the department with political advisors, communications directors and policy wonks who could help Obama formulate a national, political agenda.
Melania has, instead, assumed a more traditional role, and brought into the East Wing the party planners and event schedulers she used as a socialite in Manhattan. They may not be Washington, D.C. (or Vanity Fair) approved, but they are, perhaps, better suited to the task of decorating the nation's most significant home, and throwing thousand-person state dinners than Mrs. Obama's — after all, no "Real Housewives" have snuck into White House events on their watch.
But the typically reserved Melania didn't take Vanity Fair's insult sitting down. She fired back on Twitter, accusing the magazine of anti-Trump bias, and taking them to task for a "false" story, "riddled with unnamed sources."
Good for her.