The First Lady is heading to the capitol. According to reports from Politico, Melania Trump will move to Washington, D.C. on June 14, now that the school year is over for her and Donald's youngest son, Barron. The move is much anticipated as Melania's decision to remain in New York City, rather than immediately relocating following her husband's inauguration, had drawn a fair share of criticism.
In fact, it even inspired a petition for its costs. With her staff that has grown slowly-but-surely to include 10 people, it's expected that Melania's campaigns against cyber-bullying will begin to kick-up in earnest. It's likely that the work will become much easier now that she's not splitting her time bouncing between D.C. and New York City.
Just the same, the official reuniting of the first family at the White House (the not-Winter one), per Politico, has those close to the president feeling hopeful. According to the report, some hope that Melania might be able to alter Trump's attitudes and moods for the better. As Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide for the Trump's told Politico:
I’m very happy she’s moving here. She’s a strong influence and personality, and I think she comforts him.
For critics of Melania's delayed relocation, seeing her and Barron join her husband will be a relief. Earlier this year it was reported by the New York City Police Department that it cost taxpayers an average of $127,000 to $145,000 per day to keep Melania and Barron Trump in New York. Further, they estimated that the cost might reach $8.6 million in total by the time June finally rolled around.
Word of the official move started to materialize for real back in May when it was announced that Barron Trump — whose education was credited as the reason for their prolonged stay in New York City— would attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School in nearby Potomac, Maryland. In a statement about the decision, Melania said:
It is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence. The mission of St. Andrew's is 'to know and inspire each child in an inclusive community dedicated to exceptional teaching, learning, and service,' all of which appealed to our family.
Only time will tell whether Melania's closer proximity to her husband will reveal a more hands-on approach to the position of First Lady from the former supermodel. Meanwhile the impact of her presence on any of the alleged tensions in the White House also remains to be seen.