Melania Trump Quietly Helping Ailing Mother

After a family Christmas photo sparked rumors and speculation, new reports indicate that former first lady Melania Trump was with her mother over the holiday.

Several members of the Trump family were seen with former President Donald Trump in a Christmas photo that noticeably did not include Melania Trump. Social media users began questioning, “Where’s Melania?” as the former first lady’s name began trending on the X platform.

Naturally, Trump detractors sparked rumors about her absence but, it was soon reported that Mrs. Trump had opted to be with her “ailing mother” for Christmas.

“Amalija Knavs, 78, is sick in the hospital, according to multiple reports – and the former first lady has been by her mother’s side instead of at Mar-a-Lago celebrating the holidays with her family,” the Daily Mail reported, noting that Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs, 79, did appear in the photo that was evidently shared on Instagram by Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancé Kimberly Guilfoyle.

“Melania has always been very devoted to her entire family,” a source close to Mrs. Trump told Fox News Digital. “It should be no surprise that she spent this Christmas with her ailing mother.”

Others in the photo beside the former president were his son Don Jr. and Guilfoyle; Barron, 17; daughter Tiffany Trump and husband Michael Boulos; as well as daughter Ivanka with husband Jared Kushner and their three children, Arabella, 12, Joseph, 10, and 7-year-old Theodore. Trump’s other son, Eric Trump and his wife Lara were not in the photo.

Though Mrs. Trump’s absence from the photo reignited speculation about her lack of appearances with her husband on the campaign trail, insiders revealed that she will soon be seen more in public as the 2024 election season heats up.

“Melania is being credited by his friends with keeping President Trump ‘calm and focused’ amid the hellish week of his being indicted for the third time,” a “Trump insider” told Page Six.

“Friends whisper these last few weeks have been hard on Trump, and although he always presents a tough front, these constant legal assaults are affecting his day-to-day life,” the source added.

“Melania’s even better than his regular golf games at keeping his temper in check. She provides a peaceful life for him when he needs it,” the source told Page Six.

“The couple and their son [Barron] have breakfast and dinner together regularly at their residence at his Bedminster golf club. [Melania] literally turns the news off at times so they can watch something else together, and she frowns over telephone or social media use at the table. Melania keeps him on track as a father and has in many ways stepped up to fill the place Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] once had,” the insider continued. “She is his most intimate and internal sounding board.”

“She backs his bid for a second term completely, and listens to him when he needs someone he can trust . . . she is obsessively private, she never gossips with even her closest friends, so Trump knows when they talk about important things it’s just between them,” said the source.

“She listens and isn’t afraid to give her honest opinions and advice,” added the source. “The couple has worked out a schedule and routine that works for them. She is his secret weapon to staying grounded.”

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