Melania Trump begins to embrace new role as first lady

Melania Trump begins to embrace new role as first lady
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Melania Trump’s invitation for high-powered women to join her at the White House was about more than the lunch they would eat, or the stated purpose of honoring International Women’s Day.

It marked a “coming out” for the first lady, seven weeks into Presidential Donald Trump’s administration. After spending a couple of weeks hunkered down at the family’s midtown Manhattan penthouse while Trump launched his presidency in Washington, the former model whose husband says is a “very private person,” is taking her first steps into her very public new role.

Mrs. Trump strode into the State Dining Room for her first solo White House event after an announcer intoned, “Ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump,” and was greeted by the all-female group of about 50 people, including ambassadors, Cabinet members, at least one U.S. senator and stepdaughter Ivanka Trump.

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