It has been noted that the allegations about the Trumps in Stephanie Grisham’s memoir Grisham said that it was often difficult to get Melania to agree to attend one event a week, and that she would still complain about how much time it would take to travel with her husband and how there was often no real role for her at events.
The first lady would regularly just say no when the campaign would want her on the trail, and would often use as her excuse that she needed to spend more time with her son. By all accounts, Melania is a good mother to her son, Barron, and the fact that he is finishing up high school in the Palm Beach area is the major reason she’s spent so much time at Mar-a-Lago.
It has come to light that the family’s living quarters there are small, former aides say. Often, she goes to the sauna and has food brought to her. Sometimes, she’ll join Trump on the patio for dinner. Her circle remains tight.
Meanwhile, she spends time with her parents, speaks with a handful of friends, and continues to employ a stylist who, according to FEC filings, was paid $108,000 in the first six months of this year. Suffice it to say, the stylist’s handiwork has not gotten much exposure with the broader public.
Campaign advisers say they expect her to attend a few events next year — large events where her presence is expected or where a special occasion is being celebrated.
But it’s not as if her husband needs reinforcements at the moment. None of his Republican challengers have gotten close to him in any recent polls. That “Where’s Melania?” banner in Iowa may have been, more than anything, a sign of desperation among his rivals.