Melania Trump will move to the White House from New York in the summer, a senior aide has said.
The First Lady is to leave her Trump Tower penthouse and move to Washington, joined by the couple’s 10-year-old son Barron, at the end of the school year, and is already beginning to to take on her duties, according to the aide.
“Ms Trump will be moving to DC and settling into the White House at the end of the school year, splitting her time between New York and DC in the meantime,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the First Lady told ABC News.
Ms Wolkoff added that Ms Trump was "honoured to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of the First Lady very seriously."
The announcement appears to dispel rumours published in American tabloids and magazines on Wednesday that the First Lady and the coupe's 10-year-old son may no longer be moving to Washington.
It comes as the White House announced on Wednesday that Lindsay Reynolds, a former member of worked under George W Bush’s administration, would be joining the First Lady’s team as her Chief of Staff.
In an official statement on Wednesday, Ms Trump expressed her “honour” at taking on the position of First Lady, and said she was in the process of putting together a “dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals” to make up a team that would work to make the country “better for everyone”.
“It has been an honour to take on the responsibility of the position of First Lady, with its long history as an important representative of the President, our family, and the traditions of our nation around the world," she said in the statement.
“I am putting together a professional and highly-experienced team which will take time to do properly. I am excited to be organising and bringing together such a dynamic and forward thinking group of individuals who will work together to make our country better for everyone.”
Ms Trump remained barely visible during her first week as First Lady, making no public appearances since a prayer service the morning after the inauguration, giving no media interviews as first lady and not indicating with any specificity what she has planned for her new role.
Many saw this as a sign that she was reluctantly grappling with how to embrace the increased scrutiny, while others viewed it as an indication she was taking her time to determine how she would make an impact as First Lady.
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
The controversial orders Donald Trump has already issued
1/9 Trump and the media
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily press briefing
2/9 Trump and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Union leaders applaud US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC. Mr Trump issued a presidential memorandum in January announcing that the US would withdraw from the trade deal
3/9 Trump and the Mexico wall
A US Border Patrol vehicle sits waiting for illegal immigrants at a fence opening near the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. The number of incoming immigrants has surged ahead of the upcoming Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. A signature campaign promise, Mr Trump outlined his intention to build a border wall on the US-Mexico border days after taking office
4/9 Trump and abortion
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus looks on in the Oval Office of the White House. Mr Trump reinstated a ban on American financial aide being granted to non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counseling, provide abortion referrals, or advocate for abortion access outside of the United States
5/9 Trump and the Dakota Access pipeline
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Columbus Circle in New York. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation
6/9 Trump and 'Obamacare'
Nancy Pelosi who is the minority leader of the House of Representatives speaks beside House Democrats at an event to protect the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles, California. US President Donald Trump's effort to make good on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the healthcare law failed when Republicans failed to get enough votes. Mr Trump has promised to revisit the matter
7/9 Donald Trump and 'sanctuary cities'
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January threatening to pull funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" if they do not comply with federal immigration law
8/9 Trump and the travel ban
US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. The first attempt, in February, was met with swift opposition from protesters who flocked to airports around the country. That travel ban was later blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The second ban was blocked by a federal judge a day before it was scheduled to be implemented in mid-March
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9/9 Trump and climate change
US President Donald Trump sought to dismantle several of his predecessor's actions on climate change in March. His order instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reevaluate the Clean Power Plan, which would cap power plant emissions
Despite her silence, Ms Trump has already been under scrutiny over her body language during Mr Trump's widely broadcast inauguration, with one body language expert suggesting she "doesn't look comfortable in her own skin" and another saying her body was "an object" to Mr Trump.
The First Lady assumed her role with the lowest favourability ratings of any modern first lady. Only 37 per cent of the public had a favourable view of her in a Gallup poll released in January, while the same percentage gave her an unfavourable rating.
Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton each had a favourability rating above 55 per cent when they became first lady.Reuse content