Melania Trump defended her legacy as first lady in a video released Monday, called on Americans to “lead by example” in taking care of others, and verified the name of her platform Be Best, which over time. years has never become an understandable political effort.
“Take every opportunity to show respect for another person,” Ms. Trump said in the video, which called the farewell. “In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador for Be Best. Focus on what unites us, rise above what divides us, always choosing love over hate, peace over violence and others above yourself.
Ms Trump’s last message as first lady was like many who came before her: it was completely at odds with the behavior of her husband, President Trump, who was impeached last week for the second time for his role in inciting a violent riot at the Capitol on January 6.
“As I bid farewell to my role as First Lady, I sincerely hope that every American will do their part to teach our children what it means to be the best,” Ms. Trump said.
Over the past few days, Ms. Trump has posted several farewell messages detailing her work in the White House and asking Americans to be kind to each other. Last week, as the nation turned away from the aftermath of the Capitol Riot, Ms Trump used her platform to lament that gossip was being spread about her – most likely a nod to a former assistant , Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who recently posted an Unflattering Saying. -all about their relationship.
Ultimately, Ms. Trump’s most lasting contributions could possibly be the cosmetic changes she oversaw, updates meant to make life in the White House more functional for the First Family and its visitors compared to. to the public.
In a message posted to the White House website on Monday, Ms. Trump said that during her time in the White House, she ordered an elevator restoration, wallpaper repair in the family dining room and – amid the pandemic – the renovation of the White House rose garden.
The goal, Ms. Trump said, was “to balance the needs of the present with the continuity of the overall architectural tradition of the White House.”
Although she has shown a respect for the historic nature of her home over the past four years, Ms. Trump has paid little attention to traditions that did not interest her.
She currently has no chief of staff, no social secretary or press officer. Junior White House assistants wrote his farewell messages. And she has not contacted incoming first lady Jill Biden on transition issues. This is not expected to change until the opening day.
It is customary for incoming and outgoing first ladies to meet for a tour of the White House, but on Monday, a person familiar with the thinking of Dr Biden said that since Mr Trump still had not conceded President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr It wouldn’t make sense for the two to meet.
This person added that Dr Biden knew his way anyway.