Words: Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Melania Trump stunned in a wintry white Céline gown at the White House Congressional Ball on Saturday night.
The 48-year-old accepted her husband’s praise for her highly-controversial Christmas decorations, with a slight smile.
In November, the first lady posted a video to Twitter, showing off the Christmas trees around the mansion.
However, people couldn’t help but point out that the administration is celebrating this festive time while children are being turned away from the US-Mexico border.
In Saturday’s sequinned long-sleeve, floor-length dress, Melania stunned as her husband spoke of his accomplishments and what he hoped to pass in the next two years.
The president made no mention of the legal shadows hanging over his administration.
“Welcome to the White House. Enjoy the evening. Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year,” Melania Trump said.
The first lady’s hair looked considerably less blonde than it had during her interview on Fox News on Thursday.
That may have been a result of different lighting, or she may have darkened it since then.
Also on Saturday evening, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, published an op-ed on CNN.com defending an opinion piece which stated that she “doesn’t understand what it means to be first lady”.
It came after she told Fox News that the hardest part of her job is the way “opportunists” use her name.
This was during a week in which lawyer Michael Cohen’s hush money payments to Donald Trump’s two alleged mistresses were back in the headlines.
“The media consistently ignores the first lady’s work on behalf of the people of this country, and children in particular, in favour of more trivial matters,” Grisham wrote.
According to the Daily Mail, the Trumps stayed at the Congressional Ball for only 29 minutes.
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