Why Melania Trump will be a ‘long distance’ first lady

US President-elect Donald Trump will not share the White House with his supermodel wife Melania after his inauguration on January 20, sources within his administration have revealed.

Breaking tradition, Melania will stay at their plush Trump Tower home in New York City after her husband officially takes office in 2017.

The Slovenian-born beauty queen will be a ‘long distance’ first lady for several months – an arrangement that will allow her 10-year-old son, Barron, to complete the school year at his exclusive Upper West Side academy.

“Melania is extremely close to Barron, and they have become closer during the campaign. The campaign has been difficult for Barron, and she is really hoping to keep disruption to a minimum,” a source told the New York Post last week.

These statements were validated when Trump addressed journalists at his golf club over the weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey where he said his wife and last born child would join him in DC, “right after he [Barron] finishes school.”

Her choice to stay in New York has not come as a surprise to those who have followed the Trump campaign closely. While Melania has been openly supportive of her husband’s political career, she has been marginally involved in the campaign.

The supermodel, who wedded her billionaire husband in 2005, will be the second foreign-born First Lady to live in the White House.

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