Drip. Drip. Drip.
When will Melania Trump move into the White House? When will Melania Trump move into the White House? When will Melania Trump move into the White House?
Repeat after me: It doesn’t matter when Melania Trump moves into the White House.
When the Trumps announced shortly after the November election that she and their 10-year-old son wouldn’t move to Washington until his school year ended, a few eyebrows went up.
“The First Couple shouldn’t live apart” summarized what many Americans said.
Count me among those who at the time said that it was Donald and Melania Trump’s decision and no one else should give a d*mn.
I recognize that there is a sizable security detail needed in New York to protect the First Lady and her son; and that is an expensive proposition, even if the President of the United States isn’t there.
In recent days, the question of when mother and son would move arose again when reports surfaced that perhaps they never were. The San Jose Mercury News noted that celebrity magazines couldn’t wait to jump on that story. The newspaper stated
“They will reevaluate toward the end of the school year if they will keep this arrangement or if Melania and Barron will move to Washington,” the insider told Us Weekly. “They could go either way right now. They will ultimately do what’s best for Barron.”
But a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, told People on Wednesday that the first lady will be moving to D.C. and settling into the White House at the end of the school year, while “splitting her time between New York and D.C. in the meantime.”
If the current arrangement works for the family, then why exactly should any of us be bothered by it? Liberal critics might actually celebrate that Mrs. Trump is demonstrating independence from her husband, while conservative critics should remember that she’s being a good mother.
Of course, the cynics will say that perhaps she opted to stay in New York so that she wouldn’t have to live under the same roof as her husband.
Even if you are right, so what?
For all we know, there could be a deeper reason behind the decision.
The bottom line is none of us should care.