Melania returns to Mar-a-Lago parties alongside Trump after her mother’s death: Former first lady smiles alongside her husband and an Israeli model at lavish event
Melania Trump was recently photographed at a Mar-a-Lago party with her husband and an Israeli model in her first public outing since her mother’s funeral in January.
The former first lady has stayed out of the spotlight since her mother’s death, but appeared in good spirits smiling alongside Donald Trump and Israeli model Noy Tawil in a photo shared on Instagram on Sunday.
Melania wore a navy blue long-sleeved dress with a silver necklace and the former president donned a black tuxedo with a bow tie at what appeared to be an upscale event at Mar-a-Lago.
She has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail with Trump as he seeks a second term.
Melania did attend a Naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in December, but her last public appearance was for the funeral of her late mother, Amalija Knavs, where she delivered an emotional eulogy on January 18.
Melania Trump appeared in good spirits and smiled alongside Donald Trump and Israeli model Noy Tawil in a photo shared on Instagram on Sunday
Her last public appearance was for the funeral of her late mother, Amalija Knavs, where she delivered an emotional eulogy on January 18.
She was absent from the campaign but spoke at a Naturalization Ceremony at the National Archives Building in December.
Mourners joined Melania and her father, Viktor, on the day of the funeral at the same picturesque Palm Beach church where she married Trump nearly two decades earlier.
Melania and Trump were joined by their son Barron while Knavs’ husband Viktor looked visibly upset but stopped to compose himself before joining the others.
“Her nurturing spirit knew no bounds, and created a legacy that will last for generations,” the former first lady said of her mother, who died on January 9 at the age of 78. ‘With her beauty and impeccable sense of style, she turned heads. But it was her unwavering commitment and hard work that made her exceptional.’
She gushed about her mother’s love for grandson Barron, 17, whom she ‘showered with love, lighting up his world with love, tender care and unwavering devotion’.
Before the New Hampshire primary, Trump said his wife would be “active” in his campaign and that he relied on her for advice.
“She also wants to make America great again, I rely on her for advice and everything else. I think she’ll be very active in the sense of being active,” he told Fox News.
Despite not appearing on the campaign trail, Melania’s stylist raised more than $100,000 from Donald Trump’s super PAC in the last six months of 2023 as the former president bled money in legal fees.
Herve Pierre Braillard was paid eight installments of $18,000 and one of $6,000 labeled “Strategy Consulting,” totaling $132,000, according to the PAC’s filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The fashion designer has earned $371,000 since April 2022 from Trump’s Save America leadership PAC.
Meanwhile, the former president has been bleeding money from his PAC in the form of legal fees.
Melania stylist Herve Pierre Braillard (left) raised more than $100,000 from Donald Trump’s super PAC in the last six months of 2023.
Pierre designed the large white hat Melania Trump wore in April 2018 when she and then-President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House for a state visit
Donald Trump’s Save America leadership PAC and the Make America Great Again PAC spent $56 million on legal fees last year, a figure that includes $30 million in the latter half of the year.
The cases frequently took Trump off the campaign trail — though he also used the adverse rulings and charges against him in repeated fundraising pitches to small-dollar contributors around the country.
On January 6, Trump is fighting related charges in federal court in Washington, DC, charges of trying to overturn the election in Georgia, a classified documents case in Florida, and a Manhattan criminal case related to hush payments to the porn star Stormy Daniels.
The cases have teams of Trump lawyers filing briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking immunity from prosecution in the Jan. 6 case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
Trump’s latest woe was a jury’s finding that he was liable for $83 million in damages for defaming E. Jean Carroll.