Melania: Life after the White House?

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The first lady is winding down her final week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and preparing for the next phase of her family’s life.

She is not sad to be leaving,’ one White House official told CNN.

The first family will move to Mar-a-Lago after leaving Washington D.C.

Moving vans were spotted outside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on during the week as the first family and Trump administration staff prepare to exit the premises. Packing boxes have been spotted outside office doors in the West Wing.

But the first lady had to start the family move secretly because of fears it would raise the ire of President Trump, who didn’t concede he lost until last Thursday, after a pro-Trump mob rioted on Capitol Hill and Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory. The president never congratulated Biden nor mentioned his name in his video remarks. He merely said there would be a ‘new administration.’

Even that admission has not seen Melania Trump reach out to incoming first lady Jill Biden. A first lady usually hosts her successor for tea. But that happens with the exiting president hosts the incoming one – something Trump has not invited Biden to do.

But staff in the East Wing are preparing transition binders, a source with knowledge of the situation told DailyMail.com, as part of a greater White House transition effort for the incoming Biden administration.

Melania, like President Trump, has seen the size of her staff dwindle as the administration comes to a close. There are about five staffers left in the East Wing to finish out the last week in office. Two quit in protest of the president’s handling of the riots: her chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham and social secretary Anna Cristina ‘Rickie’ Niceta.

The outgoing first lady hasn’t been seen in public since she and President Trump returned from Mar-a-Lago on December 31, where they had been spending the holidays with family.

It’s unclear what’s in store for Melania Trump after life in the White House. She has been reportedly looking at schools for son Barron in Florida but has made no indication she plans to keep up her ‘Be Best’ campaign or her work with the military once her husband leaves office.

Additionally, she found out she would not be attending Biden’s inauguration ceremony on January 20th when President Trump tweeted last week he wouldn’t be there.

‘It’s not the first time she has learned what he was doing because he tweeted it before he told her,’ a source told CNN.

The Trump family is expected to leave Washington D.C. ahead of time with some reports saying they will depart the White House on January 19th – the same day Biden arrives in town to prepare to take the oath of office as the 46th president.

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