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 Although it’s been claimed on the record that Melania wanted Donald Trump to win the election and encouraged him to run for office, there have always been a number of other prominent stories which tend to give the lie to that comfortable fiction. First, Melania was not pleased when nude photographs from early in her modeling career appeared on the cover of the New York Post. She was less than thrilled to have to go on Anderson Cooper’s show last Fall to downplay pussygate, and most recently, she is clearly not happy about publicity of her husband having an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. Since the story broke in the Wall Street Journal on January 12, Melania has been missing in action.

January 22 was the Trumps’ 13th wedding anniversary, a fact that went totally unheralded by either Melania or her husband. That very day Melania canceled her plans to travel to Davos, Switzerland with Trump. She then took an unscheduled trip to Mar-a-Lago and it’s reasonable to infer that she wanted to get someplace she felt safe and away from Washington and most particularly, away from Trump. Trump, meanwhile is being protested in Davos amidst placards and a 60 meter banner hanging off a mountain saying that he is not welcome there. When Trump arrived a Swiss national inquired, “Is it okay to throw things [at him?] Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels is using her recently elevated notoriety to promote her new strip club act, “Make America Horny Again,” and Melania is clearly miffed. Daily Beast:

Melania, the least-unpopular member of the first family, has kept a reclusive public schedule since Jan. 12, when The Wall Street Journal published a report alleging that in the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump’s personal attorney paid $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels. The payment was made “as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump,” the Journal reported.

At the time of the alleged payment, Daniels had been in protracted talks with The Daily Beast, among other outlets, to discuss the nature of her relationship with Trump. In a 2011 interview with In Touch released in the wake of the Journal’s story, Daniels went into exhaustive (and, occasionally, exhausting) detail regarding an “ongoing relationship” she had with Trump in 2006, months after Melania had given birth to their son, Barron.

“If I was his wife and I found out that my husband stuck his dick in a hundred girls, I would be less mad about that than the fact that he went to dinner and had like this ongoing relationship,” Daniels said in the interview.

President Trump and Daniels have both denied any impropriety, financial or personal, although the latter has capitalized on her newly elevated notoriety with a “Make America Horny Again” strip club tour.

Melania’s life has gone from secluded lunching with her friends in New York City to being in a fish bowl. Unfortunately, with Trump-Russia getting more heated, the laser focus of the media on the White House is going to get even more intense, not less. It’s a given that Melania will do whatever she needs to do to protect Barron’s interests. But for that, she might already be gone. 

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