First lady Melania Trump has canceled her scheduled appearance for her husband President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Pennsylvania as she continues to recover from COVID-19.
Although Melania was set to make her first campaign appearance in months, the first lady is still not feeling well after her positive diagnosis earlier this month. She gave a speech from the White House during August’s Republican National Convention. Yet, Tuesday night’s rally would have been the first time she joined President Trump in-person at a campaign event in more than a year.
“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19,” Melania’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham explained. “But with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today.”
Last week, the first lady wrote an open letter issued by the White House. Melania announced her son, Barron, contracted COVID-19 and shared more information on her own symptoms. She said COVID-19 “hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster.”
In fact, Melania touched on her symptoms in detail. She said she suffered from body aches, a cough, headaches and extreme fatigue.
Melania Trump Has Chosen to Take a Back Seat on the Campaign Trail
Although President Trump’s wife was scheduled to join him at the Pennsylvania rally, she was not scheduled to speak. In addition, Melania does not have any upcoming appearances or travel scheduled in relation to the campaign.
Between the first lady’s own health recovery and COVID-19 travel restrictions, Melania’s work schedule has lightened. But, she has never been at the forefront of her husband’s campaigning. Instead, she has chosen to take a back seat and show support with her presence at the 2016 and 2020 presidential debates, and other various public appearances.
In the past, Melania has been fairly quiet on the campaign trail and has only given a small number of solo speeches. However, that has not stopped the rest of the Trump family from hitting the campaign trail. In contrast, Trump’s sons and daughter are spearheading their own rallies around the nation.
For weeks, Trump and his adult children have hosted campaign events in key battleground states. His children are traveling around America to speak to voters and the president himself has committed to additional rallies in recent days. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will visit Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida. His son, Eric, is attending rallies in New Hampshire and Michigan. Finally, Donald Trump Jr. will speak at events in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.