I guess it is fair to say that 2018 has been a tough year for Melania Trump. Well, who am I kidding; it must be really hard to be President Donald Trump’s wife. Period.

Since her husband’s campaign up to his election as president, controversies seem to follow Trump everywhere. And just recently, an unprecedented FBI raid on the office, home and hotel room of the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was done to execute a search warrant seeking incriminating documents. It ended in verbal and Twitter fisticuffs between the president and former FBI Director James Comey.

The release of Comey’s new book and memos which he wrote last year has plunged the United States of America into yet another round of speculation about whether the Russian government taped Donald Trump watching prostitutes urinate on a hotel bed in Moscow in 2013.

The allegation is that in 2013, Trump hired “a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden shower’ (urination) show in front of him,” aimed at “defiling” the bed of the Ritz-Carlton’s presidential suite, because Barack and Michelle Obama had previously slept in that bed. (Note that the claim is not that Trump participated in this display, but rather that he requested and watched it).

Then the implication — although it’s not explicitly stated — is that Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, recorded all this with “microphones and concealed cameras” so it could later be used for “kompromat” and “blackmail” material over Trump if necessary.

And let’s not forget the revelations surrounding the president and adult film star Stormy Daniels. Ms. Daniels alleges she and Mr. Trump had an affair starting in 2006, and that he has been trying to keep it quiet ever since. A lawyer for Ms. Daniels made claims of a cover-up, and others have raised questions about potentially illegal campaign payments.

The president denies all the allegations but this controversy was reported as having been the final straw and has sparked reports that the Trump and his wife first were effectively living separate lives, and Melania was said to be on the brink of leaving her husband. Though I have yet to confirm the truthfulness of the latter.

Meanwhile, as Trump’s supporters have ignored the story, along with allegations of sexual assault and the infamous Access Hollywood tape, the Stormy Daniels case, I cannot help but admire how Melania Trump handles the situation, and her marriage, to say the least. I have to say that what saves this administration is the ‘grace under pressure’ that Melania has exhibited all these years. 

Come to think of it, the first lady’s marriage to Donald Trump has been through heavy scrutiny because of these allegations of extramarital affairs that the president has repeatedly engaged in during their 15 years of marriage. Yet while most of America knows about the state of their marriage and the ‘life under scrutiny’ that comes with being Donald Trump’s wife, the former model kept a fairly low profile during the election campaign, and we see surprisingly little-to-no-violent reactions from her amidst these scandals – how’s that for a real-life Olivia Pope?

I can’t imagine how she can still look poised and composed when I would have been fed up with all these shenanigans. Can somebody please give this woman a trophy?

I also admired how the first lady conducted herself when she and her husband welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Bridgette.

As CNN put it: “Without speaking a word, dressed in a white Michael Kors Collection asymmetrical blazer and skirt — and an eye-catching, custom-made Hervé Pierre hat — Melania Trump spoke volumes. This was her house, her dinner and her terms…. In many ways, the events showcased Melania Trump’s contrasts with her husband — where he is impulsive, she is meticulous; where he is combative, she is compassionate.”

I had no doubt that this is how the first lady would handle the visit. After all, she is well-acquainted with the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas, which for me, is a very wise decision on her part. She may not be as articulate (as others kept saying) compared to Michelle Obama, but she is at par with them in terms of composure, grace and most of all, fashion sense.

I cannot stress it enough – the well-known adage that “behind every man’s success is a woman.” And while I do not condone the ‘alleged’ infidelities that our dear president is involved in, I can only wish that we give credit where credit is due and take a look at this fine young lady who (for all I know) is doing everything she can to keep it together for the sake of the country she swore to lead alongside her husband. 

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Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, award-winning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary all-natural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit www.monetsalon.com or email him at monetsalon@aol.com

Monet Lu
Monet Lu

Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, award-winning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary all-natural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit www.monetsalon.com or email him at monetsalon@aol.com.

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