Could President Trump Be the First President to Get a Divorce While in the White House? Here’s Why We Think So
Donald Trump isn’t the divorcee elected president, but he could be the first president to get divorced while in office. The reports that he and Melania have unique sleeping arrangements (page 12) and are increasingly distant (page 13) have sparked rumors the two could separate. If they prove true, then it appears just a matter of time until the first couple calls it quits.
1. He allegedly cheated on Melania with porn star Stormy Daniels
Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the pseudonym ‘Stormy Daniels’ allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 — a year after he wed Melania. Daniels attempted to sell the story to multiple publications in 2016 during Donald’s run for president.
Trump’s lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 through a nondisclosure agreement in October 2016 — just one month before Trump was elected. In January, the Wall Street Journal broke the news of the Stormy Daniels scandal, calling it “hush money” and starting a media frenzy that largely considers Donald guilty.
Next: The aftermath of the alleged affair can’t be easy on their marriage.
2. Daniels is suing President Trump
Stormy Daniels filed a 28-page lawsuit against Donald Trump in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 6. She claims that even though she received the $130,000 from Cohen in exchange for her silence, Trump never signed the agreement; rendering it invalid.
Daniels is asking the LA court to declare that both the hush agreement and the side agreement “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.” If the court rules in Daniels’ favor then we’ll hear her side of the story very soon — as will Melania.
Next: Stormy isn’t the only ghost arising from Trump’s past.
3. She isn’t the only woman with a ‘hush agreement’
Karen McDougal may prove problematic for the president’s marriage as well. The former Playboy Playmate is scheduled to speak with Anderson Cooper in an interview on CNN on March 22 to discuss her alleged 10-month affair with Trump in 2006-2007.
McDougal signed a legal agreement in 2016 — the same year as Daniels — which gave her $150,000 from American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, in exchange for her story that they never intended to print. Peter Stris, McDougal’s attorney, addressed claims that his client was only doing the interview for publicity. “She’s going to do this interview. She’s going to tell her truth. And then, you’re not going to see her again.” he said during a CBS This Morning appearance.
Next: This would be Trump’s third failed marriage.
4. Donald’s been divorced twice before
Only one president prior to Trump went through a divorce before taking office: Ronald Reagan. Reagan, who, like Trump, starred on TV before entering politics, split from his first wife, Jane Wyman before he ran. He remarried to Nancy Reagan who acted as the first lady for his 2-term presidency.
Trump married and fathered three kids with first wife Ivana Zelnickova. He has a history of cheating and had an affair with his future second wife, Marla Maples, while still married to Ivana.
Next: He and Melania have opposing views on important issues.
5. Donald and Melania don’t appear to be on the same side of cyberbullying
Laura Bush had education and women’s health, Michelle Obama had childhood obesity, and Melania Trump has cyberbullying. It’s common for first ladies to fight for a cause they’re passionate about using the FLOTUS platform. However, it’s uncommon that their husband, the president, is accused of the very thing they’re trying to combat.
Melania held a roundtable discussion on cyber safety on March 20 with key leaders in the digital market including Twitter, Facebook, and Google. At the meeting, she reportedly addressed her husband’s unconventional use of the Twitter platform. Melania told the tech leaders, “it will not stop me from doing what I know is right,” before publishing the statement to her Instagram account.
Next: Melania opted for the concrete jungle over the White House.
6. Melania chose to live in New York for most of the year
Donald was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 22, 2017. Melania and their son, Barron, didn’t join him in the White House until mid-June that year. Melania, whose main priority is Barron, wanted her son to finish his school year at his home in New York before uprooting him to a new school and home in D.C.
Next: Her son is her primary concern.
7. She is fiercely protective of Barron
One of Melania’s largest concerns, according to reports, is Barron’s privacy. She has guarded her son against the media at all costs and family and friends say she becomes “uneasy” when articles center around her son.
Melania has made it extremely clear that her first priority will always be her son, leaving us to speculate what she’ll do to protect him amidst the Stormy Daniels scandal. “I am a full-time mom; that is my first job,” she told Parenting.com. “That is the most important job ever.”
Next: Remember, Melania didn’t ‘sign up for this’
8. Melania didn’t want Donald to win the White House
For rich or for poor, in sickness and in health, as a real estate mogul or as President of the United States. These aren’t the vows Melania and Donald made to each other, but maybe they should have been. While Donald toyed with the idea of running in 2011, he chose to remain in the private sector rather than engage in the 2012 election. Four years later, after allegedly consulting with his family, the time was upon them.
According to Trump insiders, Melania “never wanted this, and never had any interest.” A former aide recalled a conversation with Melania during which she expressed how she was afraid if Donald ran, he would win.
Next: She likely has a good life set up for herself even if they divorce.
9. They signed their prenup in 2005
So it’s unlikely it has any conditions about divorcing if he becomes president, and there’s little doubt she’ll get custody over Barron if the two split. Two high-profile attorneys answered questions about how their prenup may have changed once Donald was elected president.
“It’s very hard to overturn a prenup in New York. The only thing that she could possibly try to argue … is that when she entered into the agreement she didn’t anticipate he would be president,” Peter Stambleck, partner, Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, told Town & Country. “Therefore, in terms of any spousal support waiver, it would not be fair and reasonable for her to waive spousal support at this time because there are now more anticipated expenses that she will incur being [the] first lady, especially if she divorces him when he is in office.”
Next: She’s stood by him through over a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct.
10. At least 16 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct so far
As of February 2018, 16 women accused the president of sexual misconduct. The women tell similar stories about Donald groping, kissing, and making suggestive and unwarranted comments toward them.
A number of the women who publicly accused Donald were Miss Universe contestants. A 2013 contestant, Cassandra Searles, shared a since-deleted Facebook post about how Donald “treated us like cattle.” According to Rolling Stone, she wrote how he, “probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.”
Next: They didn’t celebrate this milestone in 2018.
11. Melania and Donald apparently ignored their wedding anniversary
January 22, 2018, marked Melania and Donald’s 13th year of marriage. It also marked the 10-day anniversary of the Wall Street Journal article exposing Stormy Daniels as Donald’s mistress during their first year of marriage. If it weren’t for reports about how they ignored the day altogether, you wouldn’t have even known.
Both Melania and Donald stayed silent on social media, neglected to address their anniversary, and there’s still no word if they celebrated together. Melania’s spokeswoman made one announcement about the first lady: That she wouldn’t be joining Donald in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum because of “scheduling and logistical issues.”
Next: We know few happily married couples who do this.
12. They sleep in separate beds
Michael Wolff’s highly-debated tell-all about the Trump White House revealed a secret that, if true, definitely indicates their marriage is troubled. Donald and Melania allegedly sleep in separate beds. According to Fire and Fury, Wolff’s book, they’re the only first couple to sleep separately since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis.
While the president dubbed Wolff’s book “really boring and untruthful,” US Weekly ran a story claiming the same thing, that Melania “refuses to share a bed with Donald.” A source told the magazine that the first couple “have separate bedrooms … They never spend the night together — ever.”
Next: Sources close to the couple notice the distance, too.
13. They appear more distant than ever
Melania has mostly kept to herself since the Stormy Daniels scandal broke. She entered the White House to rounds of applause on the night of Donald’s State of the Union address. According to CNN, Melania broke tradition by traveling to the Capital from the White House without her husband, choosing instead to make the trip with the special guests she and Donald invited.
“The reports of a payoff blindsided the first lady, who was furious with her husband,” two people close to the Trumps told the New York Times. Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s communications director, denied any underlying issues among the couple. “She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS – not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news,” Grisham tweeted.
14. Vanessa filed for divorce — some speculate Melania will follow suit
Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from her husband, the president’s firstborn, Donald Trump Jr. They released a statement asking for the public’s privacy. “We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority,” the Page Six statement read.
According to Newsweek, Google Trends noticed searches for “Melania Trump files for divorce” surged 70% after news broke about Vanessa and Donald Jr’s split.
Next: Some hope the couple will split, while others want a united Trump front.
15. Some of the American public hopes they’ll divorce
Women took to the streets to protest Melania’s marriage to Donald the moment he was elected president. The hashtags # and #SadMelania trended on Twitter.
“My dream is that Michelle Obama will convince her to leave him, and she’ll become this great feminist icon,” a “fashion fixture who’s known the Trump clan for decades,” told Vanity Fair. “She will walk into the middle of everything and say, ‘He’s crazy. This is nuts. I don’t know what I was doing!'”
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