Melania Trump snubs POTUS amid campaign rally cancellation – ‘Does what she wants’

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An anonymous White House source has claimed the First Lady does “whatever she wants”. Ms Trump was scheduled to appear alongside Mr Trump at a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.

However, she pulled out of the event due to a “lingering cough”. She and the president announced they had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

It is also understood their son, Barron Trump, also contracted the virus.

US broadcaster CNN has cited a former White House staff member as saying the First Lady “does what she wants, when she wants”.

The news outlet added it is now “unlikely” Ms Trump will significantly contribute to the president’s campaign with less than two weeks to go before the election.

Analysts say the move is not typical of previous first ladies, who have tended to remain active in campaigns.

However, her chief of staff has allegedly said the First Lady does have plans to campaign solo for the President next week.

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Stephanie Grisham, Ms Trump’s chief of staff, said of the campaign appearance cancellation: “Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today.”

It means the First Lady has not made an individual appearance at a Trump campaign event so far this year, according to analysts.

This is despite other members of Mr Trump’s immediate family, including daughter Ivanka and son Eric, doing so.

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Ms Trump did, however, appear alongside her husband and make a speech at the Republican National Convention, which took place in August.

Ms Trump has still been active with her own engagements.

The First Lady operates her own Be Best initiative, which aims to focus on issues facing children. She has also spoken out on substance abuse.

Last week, Mrs Trump penned a statement regarding her experience with COVID-19.

She said: “I was very fortunate as my diagnosis came with minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after.

“I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time.

“Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect. When my husband was taken to Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time reflecting on my family.”

She went on to encourage people to “live the healthiest life they can”.

The First Lady also said she has tested negative for the virus.

The US is due to vote for the next President of the United States on November 3. Donald Trump’s main rival is Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

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