Melania Trump represented herself and President Trump at the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday. And in other White House business, the current FLOTUS has been keeping busy by planning the administration’s first state dinner.
Sitting among a number of the White House’s previous residents — including the Clintons, the Bushes, and the Obamas — Melania paid her respects to one of her predecessors at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. (The president was noticeably absent in an attempt to avoid further disruptions for added security, according to a statement from the White House.) She then headed to Washington, D.C., where her presence was needed for some last-minute planning just days before hosting a dinner in honor of the official visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte.
After months of preparations, @POTUS and I are looking forward to hosting our first State Dinner with France! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this visit a success. pic.twitter.com/j7fKmUhISJ
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 23, 2018
In a video released on FLOTUS’s Twitter, Melania is seen taking full responsibility for planning for the most important dinner to be hosted at the White House thus far by the Trump administration. And it seems that in each detail, she has considered preserving the history of the home that they’re opening up to the French leader — right down to the china that she’s using, from when Bill Clinton was in office.
Just checked my book () and it appears the china is the Clinton China Service. pic.twitter.com/A479qKi1oQ
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) April 23, 2018
Ironically, the beautiful gold-lined china set, commissioned as part of a 200th-anniversary celebration of the White House, was approved by President Trump’s 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, back in 2000. But just as Melania put politics aside for the Bush memorial service, she appears to have done so again in the name of acknowledging White House history for this special event.
“[The first lady] has a background in design, which played a major role in the décor throughout the State floor,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN. “She has been very focused on the experience of the guests and wants to ensure they are able to truly enjoy and remember the occasion. Mrs. Trump selected every item and every detail for the dinner, from the entrée to the chair cushions.”
According to Grisham, the selection of this particular china is no coincidence — it is intentional for the purposes of the dinner, as are the gifts that the Trumps will be presenting to the Macrons, who are set to arrive at the White House on Tuesday.
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