Melania Trump is having a difficult time adjusting to her role as first lady, even going so far as to claim she was “miserable” in the position, according to a report.
“This life wasn’t her dream. It was Donald’s,” said a source by the name of Phillip Bloch, according to Us Weekly.
“Truthfully, it’s a lot to cope with.”
Trump has reportedly become more reclusive as time has gone on, confining herself to her family’s opulent penthouse in New York’s Trump tower, according to the Independent.
Even now, Trump Tower in New York is flanked by pickets, making the premises more difficult to access.
Reports indicate that Trump refuses to give up her privacy at the expense of her obligations as First Lady of the United States.
Trump has continued to stay away from the public eye amid continued requests for her to fulfill the typical public relations duties of a First Lady.
White House staff reportedly requested that Trump come to Washington to support her husband in his new role as president, and to host tours of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the New York Post.
“She was told, ‘All you need to do is show up on one day and take photos,'” explained a family source.
Trump was nevertheless reluctant to do so, even refusing to accompany the wife of Japanese Prime Minister, Akie Abe, on a tour of the Capitol typically hosted by the First Lady.
“Each First Lady takes on the role and makes it their own,” said former White House social secretary Ann Stock. “That evolves over time.”
“First [priority] for every President and First Lady is settling in their family.”
Trump reportedly resorted to having hired help escort her ten-year-old son, Barron, to and from school.
“Melania has the Secret Service take Barron to school and retrieve him,” explained a family friend.
Trump’s activities, beyond the reports of second-hand sources, are currently unknown.
Sources: Us Weekly, Independent, New York Post/Photo Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr