Love them or hate them, the first family is firmly ensconced in the White House. Since Trump took office, there have been many shocking occurrences. He fired the director of the FBI, encouraged America’s intelligence chiefs to subvert the FBI’s Russia probe, undermined international cooperation on climate change, accused London’s first Muslim mayor of being indifferent to terrorism, abandoned an alliance with Middle East ally Saudi Arabia over Twitter, and so much more.
But the one thing Trump has not upset so far is his marriage to Melania, which has lasted 12 years. The Trumps lend credence to the saying, “opposites attract” — you’d have to search far and wide to find two people who are more different.
Explore the ways in which fashion maven Melania Trump is completely different from her husband — and keep wondering what keeps them together.
1. One loves the spotlight, one definitely doesn’t
There is no shortage of President Donald Trump moments in the spotlight — he grabs it just about any time he can. Melania, on the other hand, rarely speaks when she’s in public and gives interviews only occasionally. Clearly, the two feel very differently about being public figures.
Next: Loud vs. quiet
2. President Trump is inflammatory, Melania is not
President Trump is famous for his incendiary, provocative rants. Hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t say — or tweet — something inflammatory. First lady Melania, however, is quiet. She goes about her business in a private way and has taken trips on her own to address the issues she champions, namely bullying and the opioid drug addiction crisis.
Next: Different eating styles
3. Their eating styles are way different
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President Trump lives for fast food, according to Business Insider. In fact, he starred in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1995 and a McDonald’s commercial in 2002. He even tweeted a pic of himself eating a bucket of KFC chicken while he was campaigning.
First lady Melania, according to Life&Style, is a super-healthy eater who tries to consume at least seven pieces of fruit a day, drinks lots of water and eschews fatty, rich foods. How in the world do they decide on where to go for dinner?
Next: Fashion faux pas
4. They have polar opposite senses of style
Although Donald Trump might hold his tie in place with tape and don some questionable outfits, Melania is very particular about her clothes. The Slovenia-born ex-model’s closet is brimming with designer fashion. In fact, she has been criticized for spending so much on her clothes (cue the $53,130 Dolce & Gabbana outfit she wore to the G-7 summit, according to Business Insider). But no one can say she’s not glamorous.
Next: A May-December romance
5. Their age difference is notable
Donald Trump is 71. Melania Trump is 47. Do the math — 24 years is a sizable difference. But despite the big gap in their ages, they’ve been married for 12 years. Perhaps Mark Twain was right when he said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Next: Language barriers?
6. One speaks many languages, the other only English
First lady Melania is certainly not an experienced public servant. That said, she surely could help President Trump when it comes to diplomatic meetings. She speaks five languages: Slovenian, English, Serbian, German, and French, according to CBS News. Donald Trump speaks only one — English.
Next: To tweet or not to tweet
7. First lady Melania rarely tweets, President Trump is the king of Twitter
President Trump tweets just about any time he can, unlike the first lady. According to CBS News, she tweeted “Happy Fourth of July” in the summer of 2015 and “Happy Easter” on March 27, 2016. In addition, she tweeted on Election Day to urge voters to get out and vote for Donald. President Trump, however, has a personal and an official Twitter account, according to CNN, which he uses quite frequently.
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