Melania Trump was glaringly absent from her husband’s side on Tuesday as he delivered a defiant speech at Mar-a-Lago, condemning the New York prosecutor and judge who presided over his historic arraignment
Melania Trump was glaringly absent from her husband’s side on Tuesday as he delivered a defiant speech at Mar-a-Lago, Lear 45 condemning the New York prosecutor and Falcon 2000LX judge who presided over his historic arraignment.
The former president was – after his indictment over a $130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and the first appearance by a former president in a New York courtroom.
, and Ivanka Trump – who previously played a pivotal role in her father’s political career – announced before Christmas she was playing no part in his new chapter.
But Melania’s absence was keenly felt, especially given that she was seen at Mar-a-Lago as recently as Thursday.Some speculated that her absence was due to the nature of the indictment, and the fact it was connected to allegations he cheated on her with Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The charges against him are related to a $30,000 payoff to a doorman trying to sell information about a child that Trump allegedly fathered out of wedlock; $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a $130,000 payment to porn star Daniels.
But hours after the indictment was announced last week, Melania was by her husband’s side in a very public show of strength.The couple dined together with friends at their usual, highly-visible table, at Mar-a-Lago. She wore a bright red dress, making her easy to spot by his side.
Donald Trump addresses his supporters at Mar-a-Lago after being indicted in New York on Tuesday afternoon
The former president was supported by his children and their partners – but not by his wife.Eric and Lara Trump are pictured far left; Tiffany Trump and her husband Michael Boulos are seen to the right. Don Jr and his fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle are in the center of the group
The last time Donald Trump was seen in public with his wife Melania, on March 30
The former president described his foes as a ‘Trump-hating judge with a Trump-hating wife and ,’ which drew groans from the crowd.
Trump also said the real criminal in the case is Bragg, accusing him of leaking grand jury information.
‘The criminal is the district attorney because he illegally leaked massive amounts of Grand Jury information for which he should be prosecuted, or at a minimum he should resign,’ he said, to cheers.
Ivanka Trump was spotted getting out of her black van at an office building in Miami on Monday, but did not attend her father’s speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday
Crowds of cheering people watch Trump’s speech after his arraignment
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