Melania Escapes Glare of Affair Headlines in Florida

By hanging out at Mar-a-Lago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2018 5:15 PM CDT
Melania Escapes Glare of Affair Headlines in Florida
In this March 20, 2018 photo, First lady Melania Trump listens during a roundtable on cyberbullying in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Spring break couldn't have come at a better time for Melania Trump, the AP reports. With fresh details spilling into the headlines daily about how Donald Trump allegedly cheated on her early in their marriage, the former model escaped the intense glare by spending the past week at the family's estate in Palm Beach, Fla., with their 12-year-old son Barron. But even then, there was no perfect refuge from the attention to recent legal activity related to the president's past conduct with women. On Mrs. Trump's first full day away, when the president also was at their Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump had dinner not with her but with attorney Michael Cohen—who paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep her from going public with her story of a 2006 tryst with Trump. The Trumps did dine together on Thursday night after the president returned to Florida.

Some say the first lady should exit her 13-year union with Trump, much like Hillary Clinton was urged to do after President Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public in the late 1990s. Trump himself recently kidded about the possibility of Melania leaving him at a Washington dinner where the president traditionally gives a joke-filled speech. "Now the question everyone keeps asking is, 'Who's going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?'" he said, referring to policy adviser Stephen Miller. Melania may be silent on her husband's dealings with other women, but traversed this awkward terrain when the "Access Hollywood" tape emerged in 2016. "People think and talk about me like, 'Oh Melania, Oh poor Melania,'" she told CNN at the time. "Don't feel sorry for me. I can handle everything."

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