Report Says Trump Tried to Steer Melania Away From Anti-Bullying Campaign

Are you fixating, like many Americans, on the exact state of the marriage of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump? Here’s something new to chew on: He tried to steer her away from her “Be Best” campaign, which focuses on anti-bullying and other child wellness efforts.

On Friday, the New York Times reported that the president suggested she choose a different topic to avoid questions about his own Twitter habits.

People familiar with the conversations said he warned her that she was opening herself up to criticism. But she rejected his advice.

He also trumped her when it came to deciding how to furnish the White House family quarters.

No pun intended: The Times also published an anecdote from the first half of 2017, when the president was living solo at the White House and Melania remained in New York while son Barron, 12, finished his school year.

The newspaper reported that while she was still living in New York the first lady had selected some furniture for the residence that was in keeping with her taste: clean and modern.

“Yet in her absence, President Trump — whose tastes veer toward the gilded, triumphal style of Louis XIV — replaced her choices with several pieces he liked better,” the Times reported. “One of two people familiar with the episode cited it as an example of Mr. Trump’s tendency not to relent on even the smallest requests from his wife.”

During the transition, tongues wagged over whether the gilt-loving president-elect would impose his taste on the White House.

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Source: USA Today