Donald Trump has confirmed that Melania’s mother is presently afflicted with a critical illness, providing an explanation for the former first lady’s nonattendance at the Trump family’s Christmas and New Year’s festivities at Mar-a-Lago.
“Hopefully she’ll be recovering,” Trump said of Amalija Knav, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Miami, subsequent to his statement that he had just hung up the phone with Melania (as captured on video and shared on X).
“Hopefully, that’ll be OK, but it’s a tough one, a very tough one.
President Trump at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve 2023! pic.twitter.com/YmUSIJ8QHI
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Trump, who is 77 years old, stated that Melania wishes to extend her heartfelt regards to the group that gathered at his residence in Palm Beach, Florida to commemorate the first day of 2024.
He continued, “She knows probably about 95 percent of the people in this room. We just want to wish Amalija that she gets better as quickly as possible.”
The precise particulars regarding her ailment were omitted.
When Melania, 53, failed to appear in a Christmas photo with the Trump family, it caused considerable astonishment. A trustworthy source, however, informed Page Six that her absence was due to the fact that she was caring for her 78-year-old mother.
“Melania has always been very devoted to her entire family,” an insider to the family told Fox News Digital.
“It should be no surprise that she spent this Christmas with her ailing mother.”
A group comprising Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump, their children, and Tiffany’s spouse, Michael Boulos, was depicted in the photograph.
Melania’s persistent absence from high-profile events further supports our prior hypothesis that she sought to bolster her visibility as a means to endorse her husband’s re-election campaign.
“Trump and his family are so secure that he will become president again that insiders at Mar-a-Lago say he’s reached an agreement with Melania to step up top-tier diplomatic appearances in 2024,” a source informed us.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“Melania realizes it’s her time to join the ranks of historic first ladies and leave her mark on history … She feels better prepared for her potential role the second time around,” our source added, noting that Donald’s immediate family are “solidly behind” his bid for the Oval Office.
Melania attended at Rosalynn Carter’s funeral at the end of November as well as a citizens’ naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in early December.