What Does Melania Trump Hate Most About Living in the White House?

First lady Melania Trump | Win McNamee/Getty Images

While most might think that life in the White House is luxurious, not everyone that resides there has an easy time of it. The current first lady, Melania Trump, has faced her fair share of scrutiny since her husband, Donald Trump, was elected president. From claims that she isn’t busy enough to near-constant criticism of her wardrobe choices, Melania Trump is likely longing for her stay in the White House to be over.

Christmas decoration criticism

While Melania Trump is a former model and is well-known for her bold style sense, her taste in Christmas decorations has drawn a few raised eyebrows. In 2017, the Trumps decorated the White House for the holidays in a minimalist, rather eerie-looking style that prompted a number of memes, funny tweets, and online rebukes.

In 2018, while Melania Trump chose a completely different look for the White House decor, it was received similarly. The bold, bright red Christmas trees that lined the hallways of the presidential residence drew immediate comparisons to horror movies. While Melania Trump didn’t comment publicly on the online criticisms of her holiday decor, it surely couldn’t have been pleasant.

Melania Trump’s fashion

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump exit Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While the First Lady’s clothing choices have historically been subject to intense public scrutiny, it has reached a fever pitch with Melania Trump. In 2017, when the president and first lady visited Houston, Texas, in the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey devastation, Mrs. Trump’s choice of footwear made headlines. Critics were vocal in their disapproval of the fact that the First Lady wore heels in a flood zone.

One of the most controversial fashion choices Melania Trump has made was the jacket she wore during a June 2018 visit to a migrant children’s detention center in Texas. The jacket was a designer piece by the fashion house Zara, and had the words, “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” emblazoned across the back. The media seized upon the image of Melania Trump wearing the saucy jacket as a statement that surely represented her feelings towards the children she was visiting. While the very private first lady issued no public statement at the time about her choice to wear the jacket, the East Wing of the White House insisted that there was no underlying message in the jacket. In a later interview, she finally admitted that she wore the jacket as a dig to the left-wing press.

A bit of frustration boiled over in October 2018, when Melania Trump stated that she wished the public would focus on what she does, not on what she wears, following articles that criticized her decision to wear a pith helmet during a trip to Africa. Undoubtedly, the Slovenian-born first lady is more than ready to start enjoying some of the benefits of private life once again, including being able to wear what she wants without having it dissected on the daily.

The first lady’s facial expressions

Melania Trump looking somber or angry

Melania Trump’s facial expressions draw attention | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

A clue to how Melania Trump might feel about life in the White House might lie in photographs taken of her. In many pictures, especially recent shots, Mrs. Trump has a forlorn, rather miserable look on her face. Her expressions and stiff, uncomfortable posture at many big events have led body language experts to analyze the timeline of Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage to show how Melania Trump seems to be much more unhappy in her relationship since the road to the presidency began.

Melania Trump herself hasn’t commented directly on any of the speculation surrounding her marriage, or how happy she is at the White House. Will she write a tell-all, once her time in Washington is through? Only time will tell, and for Melania Trump, waiting to become a private citizen again might be the hardest part of the job.