Ex-President Donald Trump has responded to his wife’s non-appearance in a family Christmas photo, which led to speculation about potential marital issues.
Taken at Mar-a-Lago, the picture included a majority of the Trump family, featuring their 17-year-old son Barron, Melania’s father, and additional family members.
Speaking to a crowd at a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump said Melania was absent because she is currently at her mother’s side at a nearby hospital.
He confirmed Melania’s mother Amalija Knavs, 78, is ‘very ill’ and the situation has been ‘tough’ for their family as the former first lady was forced to miss the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
‘Hopefully, she’ll be recovering,’ the former president said after mentioning he had just gotten off the phone with Melania who is at a Miami hospital with her sick mother
Trump expressed the difficulty of the situation, mentioning Melania’s affection and conveying her greetings to the people in Palm Beach, Florida. He noted that she is familiar with about 95 percent of the individuals in the room, eliciting cheers from the attendees.
During the New Year’s Eve festivity, Vanilla Ice provided entertainment by performing his greatest hits on stage, with Trump remaining still behind his chair in the center of the ballroom. Trump later described the celebration at Mar-a-Lago as fantastic, emphasizing dancing, celebration, and an overall enjoyable time.