Melania Trump will be playing hostess when former First Lady Laura Bush comes to the White House on Tuesday, CNN is reporting. Bush is in town for the funeral of her father-in-law, George H.W. Bush, whose body is currently lying in state at the Capitol rotunda. Private services are set to be held at the National Cathedral the morning of November 5. President Donald Trump confirmed in a tweet that Melania would be showing Laura the Christmas decorations while she’s still in Washington, D.C.
Laura told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in an interview last year that she and Melania were on on good terms and had had tea together in the past. Laura went on to describe Melania as a “wonderful representative for the United States” and said she was doing a “lovely job” as First Lady. Laura also encountered Melania in April at Barbara Bush’s funeral in Houston. Melania reportedly brought along two White House staff members that were said to have also served the Bush administration. The Bush family appreciated this as a kind gesture from the Trump administration.
“(Mrs. Trump) knew they were very close to the Bush family and wanted them to be able to pay their respects,” said Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
While Laura and Melania appear to get along well, the same can not be said for Melania and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who have had stiff and awkward interactions in the past. Obama has been doing a revealing press tour following the release of her memoir, Becoming. Obama recalled in her book that Laura had reached out to her when she became First Lady. “‘If you need any help, I’m a phone call away,’” Laura reportedly said to Obama. Obama opted to pay it forward and deliver the same message to Melania when she took over her position as First Lady. In an interview with ABC News, Obama was asked if Melania ever took her up on that offer. Obama said no.
Melania’s spokesperson, Grisham, released a statement saying that the current First Lady was “a strong and independent woman who has been navigating her role as first lady in her own way. When she needs advice on any issue, she seeks it from her professional team within the White House.”
While Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump are all a part of the same exclusive club, they clearly don’t always see eye-to-eye. Still, the women all appear to be civil with each other.
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