A profile of the first lady at Vanity Fair quotes two insiders who say that Melania gave Donald Trump an ultimatum of sorts: Either run for the presidency or stop brooding about it. "I don't think she was ever too insane about it", Stone told the magazine.
Following Mr Trump's victory, Mrs Trump, the president's third wife, stayed in NY with Barron, their 11-year-old son, before moving to Washington the following summer.
But we can't drag the First Lady too much: According to Vanity Fair, she never wanted the job. "I hope when visiting the People's House this year, visitors will get a sense of being home for the holidays". The story provides a mixed view on the relationship between Melania and Donald, with one of her friends saying it is "old news" that they lead largely separate lives.
Vanity Fair said that Melania's friends are divided on how she feels about her husband, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment or assault.
The first lady's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, ripped the article as "false" in a written statement on Monday.
Singing a similar tune to her predecessor, Melania Trump warned, 'A lot of sugar right?' as she helped the group assemble gumdrop Christmas trees.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the First Lady "personally selected and was involved in every detail" of the decorations. "Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!" The mother of Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump was overheard at a party in 2015, talking about her ex-husband's presidential prospects.