No other president has resided in the White House without his wife going back to the founding of the country.
The official reason is the Trumps’ desire to see Barron finish out the school year in New York City. It would be sometime in late May or early June before Melania joins him in Washington at the earliest.
That means Donald will have the world’s hottest sugar shack all to himself for at least six months. Will he turn it into a swinging bachelor pad?
If so, he wouldn’t be the first president to entertain, ahem, lady friends, in the official residence.
If past is prologue, anything is possible. Trump has described himself as a lady’s man for most of his time in the public spotlight. His treatment of women was a major issue in the campaign.
His 2005 taped conversation with then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush set a new low for sexism, misogyny and debauchery.
He boasted about how he used his “celebrity” to take advantage of women in the crudest way. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a now widely circulated video obtained by The Washington Post.
“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he crowed.
Trump also bragged about trying to seduce a married woman… without luck.
“I did try and f-ck her. She was married,” Trump said.
“I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
At the time, Trump was newly married to his third and current wife Melania, who was pregnant.
Melania had to endure a procession of a dozen or more women who charged that Trump made unwanted sexual advances, including groping, kissing and assault.
Then, four days before the election Melania was humiliated again when Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year, said she had a year-long affair with Trump from 2006 through 2007 while Trump was married to Melania.
The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy account, revealing details of the affair.
Trump was spotted with McDougal and the friend at the 2006 Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles. Trump’s limo picked up the pair and took them to McDougal’s Beverly Hills home, a friend told The Journal.
Trump wouldn’t be the first president to have a dalliance in the White House. In fact, it almost seems par for the course up until recent presidents like Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
They were untouched by sex scandals. Former President Bill Clinton is the most recent and most widely known White House womanizer. He was impeached, but acquitted for lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.
Hopefully, that will lower the bar for Trump should he be unable to resist the aphrodisiac allure of the White House on women. Besides, his history of philandering was fully aired in the election and he won, anyway, so he’s already been checked on it and gotten a pass.
Still, social media critics were a little stunned by the move.
“First Family resides in White House as a symbol of our country to us and and the world. Melania Trump’s decision is appalling,” wrote one Twitter critic.
Others raised questions about the stability of Trump’s marriage.
Tellingly, Trump did not come to her defense on Twitter after American Music Awards co-Host Gigi Hadid performed a scathing impersonation of Melania in front of a national television audience.
In contaast, he blasted the cast of Broadway show Hamilton for pausing during curtain call to read a statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Trump called it harassment and demanded an apology, deriding the show as “over-rated.”
During the campaign, Melania was fingered by The Associate Press for working in the United States in 1996 as an illegal immigrant.
Previously, she’d categorically claimed that all her papers were in proper order when she worked in the United States. She threatened to sue any media outlet that claimed otherwise. So far, however, she hasn’t taken any legal action.
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