Melania tours Florida school for son in sign of family’s move to Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump recently visited a Florida school for her son Barron Trump as the First Lady looks ahead to life after the White House – even as husband Donald Trump publicly insists the election can be overturned so he will remain president. 

A source told Page Six of Daily News, UK, that Melania toured Pine Crest school in Fort Lauderdale, which is about 40 minutes away from Mar-a-Lago, a Trump property in Palm Beach, FL.   

The Trumps are said to have already changed their official address from New York City to Florida, where the President, Melania and Barron will settle down once President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated in January. 

Barron, 14, will be moved to a school in Florida and not finish out the year at Maryland’s St Andrew’s Episcopal School, close to the White House in Washington DC. 

His new school could be Pine Crest, which will run the Trumps about $35,000 per year in tuition.

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FLOTUS Melania Trump’s legacy: New White House tennis pavilion

Weeks before her family turns the White House over to President-elect Joe Biden, Melania Trump announced Monday that a new tennis pavilion on the south grounds is ready for action.

The project included sprucing up an existing tennis court and children’s garden, in addition to construction of the pavilion, which replaces a smaller structure.

The first lady’s office said the pavilion’s design was inspired by the architecture of the White House, especially the East and West Wings. A colonnade, parapet wall and fanlight windows tie the new building to the look and feel of the White House.

Planning for the project began in early 2018, followed by approval in June 2019 by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission.

Mrs. Trump helped break ground for the project in October 2019. Construction was in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service. The new building was funded by private donations. The White House did not disclose the cost.

In a written statement Monday, the first lady thanked the “talented craftsmen” who worked on the project and the “generous supporters of the White House.”

“It is my hope that this private space will function as both a place of leisure and gathering for future First Families,” she said.

President Barack Obama, an avid basketball player, had turned the tennis court into one suitable for basketball.

President Donald Trump had been a regular spectator at the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament held in his native New York, but he has not attended since taking office.

Completion of the tennis pavilion follows the first lady’s redesign of the White House Rose Garden earlier this year.

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Theme of White House Christmas this time is ‘America the Beautiful’

Washington: First Lady Melania Trump on Monday unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations and theme: “America the Beautiful.” She announced the decorations on Twitter with a 1-minute video showcasing the festive halls and rooms of the White House.

“During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share ‘America the Beautiful’ and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation,” the First Lady tweeted. “Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home.”

This year’s official White House Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room and is more than 18 feet tall, the White House press release outlines. The Fraser fir, which arrived last week, features artwork from students across America who were asked to depict the “people, places, and things that capture the spirit of the state in which they call home,” the press release said. It is also decked out in a yellow and gold theme.

Much of the decor spotlights people or groups who have made lasting contributions or sacrifices for the country.

First responders and frontline workers are highlighted in the Red Room — as they continue to work tirelessly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Handmade ornaments spotlight both professionals and volunteers, the release said.

The design highlights America’s natural beauty, as well. Urns with foliage representing the official tree of every state and territory stand in the East Colonnade, as vignettes in the windows of the Green Room showcase a variety of wildlife, according to the release.

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Melania slams Dems for politicizing pandemic in 1st rally

Washington: First Lady Melania Trump focused on the Covid-19 pandemic in her first solo campaign event of 2020 on Tuesday and blasted Democrats for politicizing the pandemic.

Melania directly attacked Joe Biden, claiming: “Now he suggests that he could have done a better job. Well, the American people can look at Joe Biden’s 36 years in Congress and eight years in the vice presidency and determine whether they think he’ll finally be able to get something done for the American people.”

The first lady also spoke about her family’s struggle with the virus and demonstrated compassion for those suffering the virus — something rarely done by President Trump in rallies.

“Like many of you, I have experienced the firsthand effects of Covid-19 — not only as a patient — but as a worried mother and wife. I know there are many people who have lost loved ones or know people who have been forever impacted by this silent enemy,” Melania Trump said in Pennsylvania.

Her first solo campaign appearance comes with just one week to go before the election. Her up-to-now campaign trail absence has marked a historic break from precedent, especially in a race that finds her husband fighting for votes, reports CNN.

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More than 331,000 join online prayer for recovery of President Trump from COVID-19

A continuous prayer for the quick recovery of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump was begun by the Indian-Americans for Trump, in collaboration with the Mumbai-based media company Shemaroo, on Thursday night of October 8, 2020, on one of the Shemaroo YouTube media channels that was reserved for the purpose. Since then, it continued until the early morning of Monday, October 12, 2020 (EDT).

According to the data compiled by Shemaroo’s statisticians, more than 331,000 worshippers from India, USA, Mauritius, UAE, Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, and  Singapore came at the channel for prayer, where constantly the Gayatri Mantra was being recited for the wellbeing of the Trumps. From the Watch Time of 78,000+ hours, Shemaroo’s statisticians computed that, on the average, every person was at the prayer for 14 minutes, which, according to Kunal Wadhwani, General Manager of Shemaroo (USA), “… is a very good average on digital.” There were 3,626 Likes and 1,282 Shares of the event.

At about 10:30 PM (EDT), on the inauguration night of October 8, 2020, when Dr. A. D. Amar, President of the Indian Americans for Trump, was at the prayer site, he said, “It felt so spiritual and calming to experience how the mantra was being recited and worshippers coming and making comments and greetings and expressing prayers with emojis.” He said that there were more than 25,000 watchers at the inauguration.

The Indian-Americans for Trump in a press statement said it is very pleased to know that the prayers worked, and the President is back at the White House, feeling full of energy to campaign for his reelection to keep serving the United States.

The Indian-Americans for Trump is registered as a PAC by the FEC for promoting the candidacy of Donald J Trump for his reelection. It strongly believes that under the prevailing domestic and international conditions, Donald Trump is the best hope for USA to remain strong abroad and peaceful and prosperous at home. The PAC urges all people, particularly those of the Indian Subcontinent extraction, to join its effort, and support Donald Trump. It encourages all to become members of this Committee.

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Global Hindus go virtual to pray for President Trump

In what is believed to be a global first, Vedic chants and prayers purified the airwaves as spiritual leaders from around the world, stood together imploring the Almighty’s benevolence on humanity amid the Corona virus pandemic.

In reiterating the basic Hindu tenets of genuine care and compassion towards all, Hindu spiritual leaders from seven countries unified in an unprecedented online event to pray  for COVID19 victims, their families, frontline healthcare workers, and volunteers across the world.

Special thanks were offered for President Trump and First Lady Melania’s swift recovery and prayers invoked for their continued good health.

Organized and hosted by Dr. Kusum Vyas of Living Planet Foundation, Houston-based, and co-hosted by Vaishali Shah, the Global Hindu Call to Prayer brought together spiritual leaders from Bali, Canada, Guyana, India, Mauritius, Nepal, United Kingdom, and the United States.

To inaugurate this auspicious Global Hindu Call initiative, she sought the blessings of Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza, a world-renowned spiritual leader from India, and thereafter also won support of several Hindu spiritual leaders from across the world.

 “At this challenging time, the Vedic concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam‘ is a reminder that we are one human family,” said Dr. Kusum Vyas, main organizer of the event. “Thanks to modern technology, we can now connect with people spread across the globe, thus uniting and amplifying our voices in praying to the Almighty.”

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AAPI sends well-wishes to the President and First Lady

Washington, DCAAPI President Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda issued the following statement after he conveyed well-wishes to the President of the United States and the First Lady on behalf of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).

“The presidency is not about a person, it is about the office and what it represents not just to the American people, but to people around the world.  COVID-19 is a serious illness and we are hopeful that the President and First Lady make a full and speedy recovery.  Many AAPI members have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact that the coronavirus has had on families across America.  We have been on the frontlines in the war against this pandemic, and we will not stop fighting.  As physicians, we have joined forces with researchers, scientists, and academics, to develop appropriate therapeutics and we hope, effective vaccines, to stop the spread of this disease, not just in the United States, but in India and around the world.

“It is our sincerest wish that during these trying and very difficult times, that the American people will set aside their differences and work together so we can defeat COVID-19,” concluded Dr. Jonnalagadda.

AAPI is the largest ethnic medical association in the United States, representing the interests of 120,000 physicians, medical students, residents, and fellows of Indian origin.

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Trump moved to Walter Reed Military Hospital for Covid treatment

President Donald Trump was admitted to Washington’s Walter Reed Military Hospital on Friday “out of an abundance of caution” after he tested positive for the coronavirus a day before knocking him off the campaign trail a month before the US election.   

“President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed (hospital) for the next few days,” his Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said on Friday evening. 

Trump’s wife, Melania, who also tested positive for the coronavirus is staying on at the White House. 

Trump appeared fit enough to walk unaided to the helicopter that took him to the Walter Reed medical centre where presidents usually are treated and has facilities for them to continue working. 

Trump’s campaign plans have been cancelled for the coming days, Campaign Senior Adviser Corey Lewandowski told CBS News. 

President Trump praised the staff at Walter Reed medical center on Twitter, calling them “AMAZING!!!” 

Trump said he is feeling well thanks to their help.  

However various media reports have quoted a source familiar with the President’s health that “the President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery.” 

The president was starting a course of therapeutic drug remdesivir and had received an eight-gram dose of an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail. 

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First lady addresses the pandemic’s toll and racial unrest

Washington: Republicans accused DNC of ignoring violence on the streets. RNC all but ignored the pandemic raging in the country. Then First lady Melania Trump strode into her newly renovated White House Rose Garden on Tuesday.

Melania Trump immediately shared the kind of heartfelt empathy for victims of the worst health crisis in a century that President Trump has rarely offered. She offered her gratitude to first responders, nurses and doctors who have cared for Americans sickened by the virus, and attested to her husband’s concern for all those afflicted by it. She also attempted to humanize the President at a time when he is facing a huge deficit with female voters.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering. I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone,” she said. The direct reference to the virus was notable since earlier speakers, if they mentioned the virus at all, portrayed it as a vanquished threat.

While the first lady’s compassion was touching, it also fulfilled a political purpose, since she pledged that “Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic.”

The first lady also  acknowledged racial unrest — another issue largely ignored at the RNC except to lump it into criticisms of looting, protesting and a need for law and order.

“I have reflected on the racial unrest in the country. We are all one community,” Melania Trump said, and she encouraged Americans to “take a moment, pause and look at things from all perspectives. Stop the violence, and the looting being done in the name of justice.”

Melania also refused to attack the Biden campaign, arguing that only makes the divide and partisanship worse.

The first lady’s staff told CNN that she did not clear the speech in advance with the West Wing or the Trump campaign, so it is difficult to know the extent of the political calculation and cooperation involved.

Melania spoke on a night that featured the president’s daughter Tiffany Trump and son Eric Trump — all pushing the Trump family’s carefully scripted storyline that mostly avoided mention of the more than 178,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus.

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