Melania Trump returns to Mar-A-Lago leaving President Trump at D.C. as shutdown continues
On Thursday, first lady Melania Trump went back to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. She took her along her now-unpaid Secret Service agents with her as the government shutdown continues.
As the shutdown reaches one week, the first lady decided to go back to the luxury resort to be with her and President Donald Trump’s son, Barron.
It’s been reported that first lady Melania Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago after her surprise visit with President Donald Trump to Iraq and Germany. The pair went to visit US military troops stationed in both locations.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Melania flew back to the Palm Beach County resort sans her husband who remained in Washington D.C.
When the partial federal government shutdown started at midnight on Saturday, Melania had already left for Mar-a-Lago on vacation. However, she returned to Washington to be with her husband for Christmas.
The first lady's director of communications, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed the news saying, "Mrs. Trump is going back to Florida to be with her son.” Their son, Barron, 12, had initially left with his mother before the shutdown occurred.
Melania didn’t leave Washington alone, but with Secret Service agents who were assigned to guard her. The agents are now among thousands of federal employees who are working without pay.
The federal employees were deemed “essential” and would work without pay for as long as the shutdown lasts. A report stated:
“Trump said he is prepared to carry out a ‘very long’ shutdown to secure $5 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border that he had insisted Mexico was supposed to pay for.”
It further noted:
“Although Republicans still control both the House and Senate, they don’t have enough votes for a deal on wall funding without Democrats.”
Now that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding has lapsed, around 44,000 active-duty Coast Guard members will be working without paychecks. They are among a number of federal employees who might need to take loans to survive the month ahead.