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Melania Trump steps into the spotlight

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Former first lady Melania Trump returns to the spotlight after months of absence from the public.

She is expected to appear at an event hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration later this month, where 25 people from 25 countries will be sworn in as new U.S. citizens. The Dec. 15 ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the rotunda of the National Archives Museum as part of the annual celebration of Bill of Rights Day, which commemorates the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

Melania, a naturalized citizen of Slovenia, will deliver remarks with Archivist of the United States Colleen Shogan. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen shortly after the birth of Barron, her son with Donald Trump, in 2006. When her husband became president in 2017, she became the second naturalized woman, behind Louisa Adams, to become first lady .

This is a rare event for Melania, who withdrew from public life following her husband’s departure in January 2021. Despite Donald’s vigorous 2024 campaign schedule and various civil and criminal cases, Melania was not seen during the election campaign or with the former president. during his court appearances.

“Recluded behind the doors of her three houses, she remains in a small circle: her son, her elderly parents and a handful of old friends,” The New York Times reported in July. “She visits her hairdressers, consults Hervé Pierre, her longtime stylist, and sometimes meets her husband for a Friday night dinner at their clubs.”

Although Melania did not appear on the campaign trail with Donald, she supported his candidacy in a May interview with Fox News Digital, the only public interview she has given since her husband announced his candidacy for the House White over a year ago. Her approach is significantly different from that of Donald’s first campaign, during which she was a key part of his campaign for president.

Melania also made a rare public appearance last week, joining first lady Jill Biden and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton at former first lady Rosalynn Carter’s memorial service in Georgia.

Her remarks at the National Archives will come at a time when her husband’s relationship with the agency remains strained. In February 2022, the archives asked the Justice Department to investigate Donald’s handling of White House records, an investigation that led to 40 federal charges brought against the former president by special counsel Jack Smith. Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

Former first lady Melania Trump greets at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans. Next week, she will speak at a ceremony at the National Archives as part of the agency’s annual celebration of Bill of Rights Day.
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On the same day that Shogan, who will attend the event with Melania next week, began running the National Archives in May, it was reported that the agency would give Smith more than a dozen documents showing that Trump and his key advisors had knowledge of the affair. declassification process while he was president.

“The Presidential Records Act (PRA) requires the president to separate personal records from the presidential records before leaving office,” the National Archives said in a June statement refuting claims that Donald was authorized to retain records sensitive.