People noticed that First Lady Melania Trump had a huge smile on her face when she sat next to President Barack Obama at former first lady, Barbara Bush’s funeral. We rarely see Mrs. Trump smiling when she is with the commander-in-chief, though. Just three days later, she was up to her neck in state dinner preparations.
Melania Trump planned the state dinner honoring France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, according to CNN.
‘The President has been busy with his schedule. The first lady took all preparations for the state dinner under her own wing.’
The first lady tweeted out the progress of her “first State Dinner with France:”
‘Spent yesterday with my team checking on the final details of our first State Dinner with France.’
Mrs. Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, spoke to CNN:
‘She was invited to attend and intends to pay her respects to not only Barbara Bush, but the entire family. (Melania Trump is) a confident woman. … I know politics will not be an issue.’
The first lady refused to hire an event planner, as the women in her position have frequently done. Grisham said that Mrs. Trump had planned an “elegant event” to allow people “a more personal experience:”
‘A smaller, more elegant event allows a guest to have a more personal experience, and that is very important to Mrs. Trump. (She) has a background in design, which played a major role in the décor throughout the State floor. 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. When you are invited to a dinner at the White House, it is very special to be able to sit in the State Dining Room. After all, this is the People’s house, which is rich with history and tradition.’
FLOTUS researched the protocol and history of White House events. Then, she planned everything to be meaningful for the Macrons. According to CNN:
‘This is to ensure her selections for the Macrons’ visit have meaning behind them, down to the china, flowers, color scheme and menu, which, while American, will highlight the influence France has had on American cuisine.’
The White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta, told CNN said her own job was to make certain:
‘(Guests) feel special and welcome from the moment they arrived to how they will be bid “goodnight.” Mrs. Trump selected every item and every detail for the dinner, from the entrée to the chair cushions.’
Donald Trump did not weigh in on the event. Grisham said he was “busy.”
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