Melania travels to State of the Union separately from Trump

Melania travels to State of the Union separately from Trump
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE traveled to the Capitol separately from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE on Tuesday night ahead of his first State of the Union, in a break with tradition, CNN reported.

The first lady traveled to the Capitol with her guests attending the address, her spokeswoman told CNN.

"In addition to holding a White House reception and photo opportunity for them, along with their friends and family, she is accompanying them to the Capitol," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.


"Once there, the first lady and Mrs. Pence will host a more intimate meet-and-greet to engage with them on a personal level prior to the speech," Grisham continued.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said that Melania Trump traveled separately for "no reason other than she can greet the guests and he can go straight in,” CNN’s Jim Acosta reported.

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFormer NYT correspondent rips Democrats' 'selective use' of constitutional violations Obama portraits leaving National Portrait Gallery to tour museums across the country Tulsi Gabbard explains decision to sue Hillary Clinton: 'They can do it to anybody' MORE and his wife, Michelle, as well as former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were seen traveling to the Capitol for State of the Union addresses during their administrations, according to the CNN.

The Trumps also traveled together to the Capitol for Trump's address to a joint session of Congress last year.

The couple is expected to travel back to the White House together after the speech, according to CNN, which noted that the Trumps have not been publicly seen together since New Year’s Eve.

Their interactions have drawn media interest after The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s personal lawyer had arranged a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

The first lady was reportedly blindsided and furious over the report, The New York Times reported Monday.

Melania Trump dropped out of the president’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this month. She visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and then made a surprise trip to Florida during that time.