Melania Trump news: How much power does Melania have? First Lady can shake up White House


Not long after the statement was released, Ms Ricardel was terminated from the West Wing, proving an influence which goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the FLOTUS.

According to Katherine Jellison, chair of the Ohio University history department, and an expert on the FLOTUS position, this wasn’t the first time Melania had flexed her political muscles.

She said: “There have been similar activities on a less publicised scale, but it came out after the fact.

“We’ve never seen a first lady have her office make a public statement like that.”


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