First Lady Responds to Claims of Marriage Trouble

'Salacious & flat-out false reporting'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2018 9:42 AM CST
Melania Trump Denies 'Salacious' Reports of Marriage Trouble
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Washington. Trump spent the holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – One tabloid claims Melania Trump spent nights alone at a DC hotel after the story of her husband's alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke, the AP reports. Meanwhile, CNN speculates the Daniels headlines can't be easy for the first lady and notes she wasn't seen by the press pool for the long weekend following the story breaking. But a spokesperson for Melania Trump says any reports of a troubled marriage are "fake news." "The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into 'main stream media' reporting," Stephanie Grisham tweets. "She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS - not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news."

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Grisham didn't specify what specific reports she was talking about, but Melania Trump canceled her trip to Switzerland with President Trump at the last minute this week despite having gone on his other foreign trips, ABC News reports. Grisham says the cancellation was due to "scheduling and logistical issues." Instead, the first lady visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC unannounced on Thursday ahead of Saturday's International Day of Holocaust Remembrance, then flew to Florida alone. The purpose of her trip to Florida is unclear. CNN also points out that the photo Melania Trump used to mark the anniversary of her husband's Jan. 20 inauguration showed her with a military escort—and without the president—and that the couple failed to note their Jan. 22 wedding anniversary in any public way. (Read more Melania Trump stories.)

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