Melania Trump issues ‘farewell message’
Mr Trump will be officially ousted from the White House today as Joe Biden is officially inaugurated. The 45th President of the US won’t attend his successor’s ceremony today, maintaining that the vote in November was “stolen” from him and the Republicans. After months of heated debate surrounding the US election, Mr Trump has failed to delay his departure having made baseless claims of electoral fraud. While the Trump family has publicly stood by the outgoing President, reports suggest First Lady Melania clashed with her husband and his sons over how to handle the defeat.
Kellyanne Conway, a former White House adviser, has recently claimed that Melania tried to persuade Mr Trump to put an end to his denial of the result.
She was also “against” the January 6 rally at Capitol Hill which ended with a riot causing five deaths, Ms Conway said.
Ms Conway added: “She was against the protracted challenge to the election results, especially after the results were certified.
“I know she was against the rally and saying things to him. I think she thought it was futile and possibly chaotic. She was the only family member who was not there.”
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This was also reported by CNN in November, as Melania was said to have urged Mr Trump to give up on his fight to challenge the result.
But this sparked a divide within the Trump family.
Melania’s view was supported by the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, but Mr Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric maintained that they should continue fighting the defeat.
Eric told allies he believed the election was “stolen from us,” according to a source close to the family.
And after Don Jr. called out Republicans – and in particular “2024 GOP hopefuls” – for not rallying around the President’s claims, the eldest son launched a lobbying effort among senators and governors to release supportive statements.
The election defeat has led to speculation over what the Trumps may do next.
According to Ms Conway, Melania plans to build on her “Be Best” campaign and “expand it”.
Ms Conway added Melania “knows her input and influence on her legacy issues can be greater outside the White House”.
Meanwhile, Mr reportedly plans to run again in 2024, but with an impeachment trial around the corner and Republican Party divisions rife, it is still unclear how successful he would be.
Mr Trump’s former national security adviser HR McMaster said he would not support the outgoing President if he were to run again in 2024.
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He added: “I think it would be terribly divisive.”
US politics expert Professor Stephen Burman told Express.co.uk in November that the Republicans will likely go for a more moderate candidate this time around.
He said: “The Republicans will need a candidate who is moderate, and also articulate in espousing in a conservative policy. They’ll also need to be able to throw red meat to the base, however.
“A kind of Ted Cruz or Tom Cotton figure seems more likely.
“I certainly don’t rule out the possibility of a celebrity becoming the candidate. The days when presidential candidates have to have legislative experience are gone.
“You don’t have to do that anymore. Politics has changed. It is a real phenomenon.”
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