Melania and US President Donald Trump will host the Prime Minister and Mrs Morrison of Australia to the White House this September. The First Lady is approaching her third year in the White House. At the same point, Michelle Obama had already held five dinners.
The announcement comes as Melania was criticised for her state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife in 2018.
The former model faced claims last year’s guest list was too small and did not include any Democratic Congress members, Newsweek reported.
She is also said to have used the same china patterns as Hillary Clinton.
But her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told The New York Times: “We’re probably not going to get the credit we deserve, but I know this team is great and she knows this team is great. We have not failed, and she has not failed.”
Planning state dinners come under a First Lady’s responsibility, according to the White House Historical Association.
It states: “The First Lady and her staff are responsible for the elaborate planning and attention behind the glitter and ceremony of the state dinner.
“These formal dinners involve the creation of invitations and guest lists, menus, flowers, table settings, seating arrangements and entertainment for the evening.
“The First Lady works closely with her social secretary, the executive residence staff and the State Department to coordinate every detail of this very special event.”
Michelle hosted leaders from India, Mexico, China, Germany, South Korea, the UK, France, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Italy and Scandinavia during Barack Obama’s presidency from 2009 to 2017.
The revelation comes as Michelle was praised by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for being the best ambassador for the US who ignored questions on Melania.
Ms Wintour was asked about Melania’s wardrobe following her trip to the UK.
But the fashion giant told The Economist’s podcast: “I think First Lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion.
“She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.”
Published at Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:16:00 +0000