When First Lady Melania Trump traveled with her husband on his international trips, meeting world leaders and hanging out in Europe, she looked miserable. But she found a solution—travel without Donald.
In September, Melania is taking her first solo trip to a foreign country, leading the US delegation to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto Canada. “In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions — something that should be lauded and supported worldwide. I am honored by the opportunity to represent our country at this year’s games,” she said. “I was heartened by the great success of the inaugural Invictus Games that took place in London in 2015, and the second games in Orlando, Florida, last year,” said the first lady in her statement.
The Invictus Games were started in 2014 by Britain’s Prince Harry to promote global awareness for armed services members who were injured in combat. In the games, hundreds of participants compete in para-Olympic style competitions. Seventeen countries participated in the inaugural event.
Melania is following Michelle Obama’s lead, possibly making the event a First Lady tradition. But in comparison to Michelle, Melania is leaving the country much sooner. Michelle waited 15 months before her first international trip to Mexico. Laura Bush waited 16 months before taking a 10-day trip to Europe.
At least Melania is going to represent America in a way that won’t embarrass the entire country. Heading out without Donald might be the best thing for both their public images.