She was ready to attend a President Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, but she decided not to go.
“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day after recovering from Kovid-19, but with a chronic cough, and with great care, she will not travel today,” said First Lady Chief of Staffani Grisham.
Outside of the Republican National Convention speech at the White House in August, the first lady made her first appearance at a campaign event in Florida when she joined the president at the official re-election kick-off rally last June.
In an article earlier last week, Trump said the features of the Kovid-19 “struck me all at once and it felt like a roller coaster.” She described having body aches, coughs, headaches and extreme fatigue.
The First Lady was not expected to make solo comments on Tuesday’s event in Pennsylvania or have any upcoming campaign shows or trips on her calendar for the future, a source familiar with the Trump schedule told CNN.
Grisham told CNN that travel restrictions over the past few months due to the coronavirus, and her own match with Kovid-19, had disrupted Trump’s work schedule. However, the president, vice president and other members of the Trump family have been on the campaign trail.
Melania Trump did not have a historically visible campaign presence, withdrew appearances, and other Trump surrogates crossed the country. Trump gave only a few solo speeches throughout the entire 2016 election cycle. She was the longest in Pennsylvania, five days before the 2016 election, and after a one-month break from campaign trail.
“I can tell you that I am an immigrant and that American freedom and opportunity are more valuable to anyone than me,” Trump said at the time, after introducing Karen Pence, an active campaigner in both 2016 and 2020.
In 2016, people saw more and more of their future First Lady, her attendance at presidential talks, Trump is doing something this time. She will attend Trump’s debate on Democratic rival Joe Biden in Ohio and attend the 2020 presidential debate Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.
If 2016 shows 2016 as the first spouse to shrink, 2020 is proving that Trump is ambivalent about the outrageous ways of her stepchildren, all of whom have been campaigning in key battlefield states over the past few weeks.
With Republican surrogates outside his family, and his wife absent, Trump’s adult children are increasingly talking to voters, with the president himself committing two to three rallies in 24 hours in recent days. Period.
This week, Ivanka Trump will stop in Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida; While Eric Trump travels to New Hampshire and Michigan, his wife, Laura Trump, a member of the re-election campaign, travels to Nevada and Arizona; Donald Trump Jr. will attend events in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.