Melania Trump Set To Break 70-Year Tradition And Hasn't Invited Jill Biden For Tour Of The White House
The US First Lady is breaking a longstanding tradition of the White House transition period, CNN reports.
Melania Trump reportedly hasn't invited future First Lady Jill Biden to the building in Washington, D.C., for a tour of the family wing.
The 70-year tradition is meant to allow the two to talk about what life is like in the White House and help the successor get settled in ahead of inauguration day.
The peace offering dates back to the 1950s when Bess Truman, wife of President Harry Truman, invited Mamie Eisenhower, wife to then-President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower, to the White House.
However, according to US media outlets, that offer hasn't being extended to Dr Jill Biden.
A former senior official in the Clinton administration told CNN: "I recall both interactions that then first lady Hillary Clinton had with Barbara Bush in 1992 when she first arrived at the White House, and in 2000 when she hosted Laura Bush.
"Both were after contentious campaigns and both visits could not have been more gracious and welcoming."
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Another White House official in the Trump administration described the move as 'abhorrent'.
Michelle Obama followed in the footsteps of previous First Ladies when she invited Melania to the White House before January 20 in 2017.
The pair discussed 'raising kids at the White House, and you know, obviously the first lady's two daughters spent their formative years of their childhood at the White House and Mrs. Trump's son will also spend some important years of his childhood here at the White House,' according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The wife of former President Barack Obama also praised her predecessor, Laura Bush, for giving her a lovely tour.
"As you all know, I deeply admire and respect Laura. And I think that it's important to collaborate with people you admire and respect, regardless of party. That's what makes a democracy work, truly," she said.
Donald Trump has indicated he will not attend Biden's inauguration, which is the first time a President has snubbed an inauguration for their replacement in more than 150 years.
News Corp reports Trump will be heading to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on the morning of Joe Biden's inauguration.
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