Speculation swirls about Melania Trump's response to husband's criminal conviction

 June 2, 2024

Former President Donald Trump was convicted in a New York courtroom last week, and among the countless unanswered questions stemming from that outcome are those regarding the potential impact on his marriage.

Though former first lady Melania Trump has thus far remained silent on the jury's guilty verdict, insiders suggest that she us unlikely to be caught off guard by the outcome and will, in the end, support her husband as he faces sentencing next month, according to The Blast.

Melania's next move

Over the course of the so-called hush money trial in Manhattan, which spanned several weeks, Mrs. Trump kept her distance from the proceedings, never once setting foot in court.

Well-known for her desire for privacy, for both herself and for her son Barron, Mrs. Trump's absence did not come as a tremendous shock to those who know her well.

According to Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to the first lady, the guilty verdict did not likely come as a surprise, as she believes that Mrs. Trump harbors no illusions about her marriage.

“Melania knew exactly who she married,” Wolkoff said during a chat with CNN. “She knew that this was a transactional marriage. She became a top model, he became a loving, doting, father, and it set them up for their win for the White House.”

Wolkoff said she is sure Melania is making it clear how she feels about the facts underlying the criminal case, but that, in the end, she will likely appear at her husband's July 11 sentencing, to serve as a “distraction” and to put on a unified front.

Critics weigh in

Not surprisingly, critics of the former president did not pass on the opportunity to highlight Mrs. Trump's absence from the trial and her silence since the verdict was issued.

The question “Where is Melania?” was posted to X by a substantial number of users, including outspoken Trump foe and former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski, as Newsweek noted.

Another X account holder, @meralee727, took a sharp tone on the topic, writing, “Why do we think Melania Trump is going to release a statement supporting her business partner? She's probably busy trying to figure out if Trump's legal fees are going to affect her income?”

Family bonds remain strong

Speaking this weekend to Fox News, Donald Trump reinforced the notion that his family – including his wife – is staying strong in the face of unprecedented challenges, as the Daily Mail notes, saying, “I have a wonderful wife who has to listen to this stuff all the time. I think it's very hard for her, you know she has to read all this c**p.”

Also indicative of the support the former president is receiving from his inner circle is a social media post made by daughter Ivanka in the wake of the verdict, consisting of a sweet throwback photo of herself and her father, captioned simply with the words, “I love you Dad.”

Trump's older sons, however, took a more defiant tone in their expressions of support, with Donald Trump Jr. posting, “Guilty on all counts. The Democrats have succeeded in their years long attempt to turn America into a third-world s*******.”

Eric Trump, sharing his brother's outrage, offered an expression of support for his father combined with a bold prediction, writing, “May 30th, 2024 might be remembered as the day Donald J. Trump won the 2024 Presidential Election,” and whether that proposition is indeed borne out, only time will tell.

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