First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has a history of standing by her husband, the US President Donald Trump, no matter what his indiscretions are.
Yet following the latest “Stormy Daniels” affair, in which Trump has been accused of paying a former porn star to keep quiet about an affair, the First Lady’s steadfastness has seemingly faltered.
For this reason, all eyes will be on Melania tonight as she appears – if she appears – alongside the president for his State of the Union address at Capitol Hill.
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Traditionally, Melania has aligned herself with Trump regardless of his missteps.
When the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape of Trump talking about “grabbing women by the pussy” emerged in 2016, Melania defended him on television saying it was “boy talk”.
She stood next to the 71-year-old business-mogul-come-politician when he was accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women in the lead up to the presidential election in 2016.
One woman said he “just started kissing her” mid-conversation, another said she was made to “feel like a piece of meat” at a Miss Universe pageant when Trump, who owned the franchise, walked backstage and into her dressing room.
Trump denied all allegations and counted on his wife of 12 years, Melania, 47, to back him up.
“I believe my husband,” she said on television weeks before the election, The New York Times reports. “I believe my husband. [All these allegations] are organised by the opposition.”
At every point of Trump’s campaign and presidency, Melania has fielded questions and defended the controversial figure. Her spokesperson has issued statements after every scandal, and Melania herself has appeared next to Trump at rallies and speeches and events, showing – if not in words – her solidarity with her husband.