The first lady has not talked publicly about taking on that particular portfolio — until now, she had said that cyberbullying would be a focus. It’s still unclear just how Melania Trump, who lives in Manhattan while her 10-year-old son finishes the school year, will tackle the issues she wants to champion. But here’s one clue that she’s ready to start using the East Wing as bully pulpit: In tweets this week, she’s been using the hashtag #Powerofthefirstlady.
Trump also said that “helping her” would be his older daughter, Ivanka, a public acknowledgment of a dynamic already in play: Ivanka Trump, who has already committed to working for wage equality and child care, is taking on some very first-lady-like duties.
True to form, Trump lashed out at criticism of his third wife, who he called a “very private person” and also, perplexingly, “always the highest quality you’ll ever find.”
“I think she’s going to be a fantastic first lady,” he said.