She's the first modern FLOTUS to eschew the tradition.

By Kimberly Truong
Jan 14, 2021 @ 12:17 pm
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UPDATE: CNN reports that Melania Trump is not hosting Jill Biden for a White House tour, becoming the first modern FLOTUS to eschew the tradition.

According to the outlet, Trump has not invited Dr. Biden for a walk-through of the private living quarters on the second and third floors.

Previously...

In the final days of Donald Trump's presidency, CNN reports, first lady Melania Trump "hasn't done anything of significance" — including helping to onboard the incoming first lady, Jill Biden.

A source told CNN that Trump has yet to make contact with Dr. Biden, a move that breaks from the tradition of a smooth transition of power.

Donald Trump has also announced he will not be attending Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's inauguration next week, another break from tradition. (In 2017, Barack and Michelle Obama attended Trump's inauguration.)

CNN reports that Trump's tweet informing the world he would not attend the ceremony was also the first time his wife heard of the plan — until that tweet, a White House staffer told the outlet, Melania Trump was not 100% sure whether or not she would be going to Biden's inauguration.

"It's not the first time she has learned what he was doing because he tweeted it before he told her," said the source.

Melania Trump Is Not Helping Jill Biden Transition to the FLOTUS Role
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Following Joe Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump has rebuffed every opportunity for a peaceful transition, having been caught on tape trying to steal the election.

In his book, A Promised Land, Barack Obama wrote that George W. Bush made his 2008 transition into the White House as painless of a process as he could, noting that Laura Bush hosted Michelle Obama for tea amid the transition, while first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush showed Sasha and Malia around the White House.

"Whether it was because of the respect for the institution, because of lessons learned from his father, bad memories of his own transition or just basic decency, President Bush would end up doing all he could to make the 11 weeks between my election and his departure go smoothly," Obama wrote. "I promised myself that when the time came, I would treat my successor the same way."

"There's never been any first lady as stubborn and defiant as Melania Trump," says Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies, told CNN. "I think she's digging in. I think she has channeled her husband's fury and is obviously not interested in playing the traditional role of a first lady who, in times of crisis, seeks to unite and soothe the country."