On April 4, 2023, Donald Trump was arraigned on criminal charges in a New York courthouse. This was a historic event, as Trump is the first former president of the United States to face criminal charges. The 45th president pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts before returning to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Springs, Florida, where he addressed a crowd of supporters. Speaking to the assembled crowd, Trump once again asserted his innocence, saying, “The only crime I have committed is to fearlessly defend our nation from those who seek to destroy it” (via CNBC).
While speaking, Trump was surrounded by around 400 supporters, including members of his family. But, as The New York Post pointed out, one member of the Trump family was notably absent. Former first lady Melania Trump was not seen in attendance, an absence that felt even more important considering she’s known to be spending most of her time at the resort.
Trump acknowledged the family members gathered, saying, “I have a great family and they’ve done a fantastic job and we appreciate it very much.” He went on to name the children standing with him, “I have a son here [Don Jr.] who has done a great job, another son here [Eric] who has done a great job, and Ivanka … and Barron will be great someday.” Not only was Melania not in attendance, but Trump made no mention of her throughout the event.
Post source: The List