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Melania Trump: Will she ever move into the White House?

Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
February 1, 2017
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Back in November, Donald Trump announced that his wife Melania and son Barron Trump were postponing their move into the White House until the end of the school year. But now it seems plans have changed. According to a new report, the First Lady and her son are considering remaining permanently at their home in New York, rather than relocating to Washington.

"They will re-evaluate towards the end of the school year if they will keep this arrangement, or if Melania and Barron will move to Washington," an insider told Us Weekly. "They could go either way right now. They will ultimately do what's best for Barron."

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First Lady Melania Trump pictured with her ten-year-old son Barron Trump

The couple's caution is understandable. At just ten-years-old, Barron has found himself thrust onto the public stage, where politics and personal attacks often go hand-in-hand. And despite his tender age, Barron has already been targeted by internet trolls – much to his parents' disgust.

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During a recent interview, President Trump condemned Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich for her "offensive" tweet about Barron during last month’s inauguration. "I don't mind some humour, but it's terrible," he told Fox News. "For them to attack, for NBC to attack my ten-year-old son… it's a disgrace. He's a great boy. And it's not an easy thing for him. Believe me."

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President Donald Trump currently lives 200 miles away from his wife and son

As it stands, the President and his First Lady currently live 200 miles apart and take it in turns to make the 90-minute journey between their $100million apartment in New York and the White House.

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Although unprecedented, the arrangement seems to suit both parties. Asked recently if not having Melania, 46, or Barron around makes him feel lonely, Donald told ABC News anchor David Muir: "No, because I end up working longer. And that's ok."

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And while Melania isn't yet working out of her East Wing office, she has still been busy with official matters. "Melania has been actively building her team, including hiring a chief of staff, a senior advisor and a social secretary, among other key positions," continued the source. "While she is a mum first, she is very much embracing the role and responsibilities of first lady."

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