The living situation of the First Family has created some awkward visuals, and that was on full display this weekend. First Lady Melania Trump continues to hold down the fort in New York City with son Barron, which leaves President Donald Trump all by his lonesome in the White House. The arrangement has been well-publicized and will continue until Barron finishes out the school year, but that hasn’t made it any less awkward.
As CNN reports, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and his wife, First Lady Akie Abe, headed to the nation’s capital for a visit this weekend, but Melania was nowhere in sight at the start of the visit. Typically, the First Lady will be on hand to greet foreign leaders and their spouses, as evidenced by previous First Ladies including Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, but Melania was delayed from catching up to the Abe’s.
"The First Lady was very much looking forward to welcoming Mrs. Abe to the White House upon her arrival in Washington; however, she was informed that Mrs. Abe had previous commitments during her stay in DC," a statement from the First Lady’s office read in part.
Akie headed out on the town in DC by herself for a few stops before the couples met back up to fly out on Air Force One. From that point, the quartet headed down south for a weekend at the ‘winter’ White House.
“They will all be together for the weekend at Mar-a-Lago and have a full itinerary. Mrs. Trump is delighted to be able to welcome the Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe to the first family's winter home, which is a very special place to her and to the entire Trump family,” the statement continued.
There were plenty of photo ops throughout the weekend of Melania playing hostess to Akie, while the men hit the links at one of Trump’s signature courses. The couples reportedly had dinner together on Friday evening as well.