Though her husband has been in office for less than half a year, first lady Melania Trump has already made a surprising number of gestures — more than former first lady Michelle Obama ever did, it seems — to showcase her appreciation for our men and women in uniform.
On Friday, for example, she posted an image to her Facebook page thanking a specific US Army regiment for helping her and her staff arrive safely to their meetings at the G-7 summit in Italy.
“Thank you to the @usarmy 1-214th Aviation Regiment for getting me & my staff to our mtgs safely today!” she specifically wrote.
This is just one small example of Melania showering deserving soldiers with love. Many more exist.
Prior to her leaving with President Donald Trump last week for their nine-day overseas tour, the first lady announced she would be “meeting with the wives and children of US and allied soldiers” during the couple’s pass through Italy, according to Newsweek.
Earlier this month, the presidential couple invited “active-duty troops, their spouses and mothers” to the White House for a special Mother’s Day event:
“While you stand with many other parents, so strong and so proud, I am sure that you sometimes march on this journey alone,” Melania said at the event. “While your sons and daughters are away serving so selflessly, having a community share even some of that burden must make all the difference in the world.”
And just last month the first lady reportedly wore a khaki green, military-themed suit during her husband’s meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri and first lady Juliana Awada.
All of this isn’t to say that former first lady Michelle Obama did nothing for the military, as that would be a bold-faced lie.
It does admittedly appear, however, that Melania’s gestures toward our men and women in uniform have carried more weight and sincerity than those of her predecessor.
Suffice it to say, whereas it always felt as if Michelle were merely playing a role, with Melania, the love and appreciation seem 100 percent real.