Melania Trump finally participated in her first solo event with the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. The two ladies visited the Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Fla., giving them plenty of space from the chaos of Washington.
The garden event seemed to help Mrs. Trump allude some criticism after she decided not to lead a tour of the White House for Akie Abe, the Prime Minister’s wife. The decision placed the First Lady under fire, but it’s no surprise that she doesn’t fit the norm either. First Lady historian Katherine Sibley noticed the unique choice and said:
“She [Mrs. Trump] seems to be taking a step away from the traditional expectations. Maybe she is rather liberated and does not want to carry out this unpaid role.”
However, Mrs. Trump met the Abes and her husband as they boarded Air Force One to fly to Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. While in Florida, Mrs. Trump took Mrs. Abe to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
The two ladies walked the garden, taking time to be photographed and feed the Koi fish. They later attended a private lunch that President Trump hosted for the Prime Minister. The President also hosted a formal delegation dinner at the resort Saturday night.
Although she hasn’t taken a normal role as First Lady, Mrs. Trump has the ability to make a fantastic asset to Trump’s presidency. The First Lady is educated, owns a thriving business, and speaks five languages! According to Sibley, a professor at St. Joseph’s University, Mrs. Trump is clearly doing her own thing:
“Clearly [Trump] is carving out a different role. But her background would lend itself to a lot of interesting diplomatic connections. She could be a great asset in the social diplomacy that’s so important to foreign affairs.”
She definitely has the background that could make her into a great First Lady, but do you think she will take on that role? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: New York Times