Michelle Obama Reveals Melania’s Response When She Held Up First Lady Tradition

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Michelle Obama is on a book tour for her newly released memoirs Becoming, and along the way, Americans have been reminded how much we once admired the family who lived in the White House.

During an appearance on Good Morning America, Robin Roberts asked Mrs. Obama about the transition and what she said to Melania when they met.

‘You wrote about how and have talked about how you extended that same courtesy to Melania Trump. Has she reached out to you and asked for any help.’

Obama answered that she had not.

The former first lady has seen Melania since that day, but not in any kind of informal capacity. According to CNN:

‘Obama and Trump have seen each other in person three times since the election of Donald Trump as president. In November 2016, Obama invited Trump to have tea in the White House as a traditional welcoming gesture to the incoming first lady. The two women crossed paths again on Inauguration Day, notably when Trump brought a Tiffany & Co. present to the White House as a gift for the Obamas upon their departure. Obama would later joke about that moment on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show.

‘”I mean, this is like a state visit, so they tell you that you’re going to do this, they’re going to stand here. Never before do you get this gift, so I’m sort of like OK. … What am I supposed to do with this gift?”‘

Melania Trump’s spokespeople were not receptive to the offer or Obama’s conversation with Roberts, saying that when Melania needs advice, she asks her White House team. That hasn’t worked out so well for her, as misstep after misstep, like her “I Really Don’t Care, Do You?” jacket and her self-serving statements about being the “most bullied person in the world” have hurt her reputation.

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