Melania Trump was seen on a rare outing in New York City on Thursday, keeping it casual as she made her way into Trump Tower with a slew of secret service members around her.

The former first lady, 52, donned a green, embroidered, tie-up shirt for the outing, which she paired with loose, tan pants and a pair of beige $695 Roger Vivier ballet flats.

Melania clutched onto a large cream Hermes Birkin bag – which can range in price from $11,000 up to $30,000 depending on the exact leather and style.  

She kept the sleeves of the top rolled up amid New York City’s heat. Her long highlighted brown locks were left loose in waves around her face. 

Melania Trump was seen on a rare outing in New York City on Thursday, keeping it casual as she made her way into Trump Tower with a slew of secret service members around her

The former first lady, 52, donned a green embroidered shirt for the outing, which she paired with loose, tan pants and a pair of flats

The former first lady, 52, donned a green embroidered shirt for the outing, which she paired with loose, tan pants and a pair of flats

She kept the sleeves of the tied-top rolled up amid New York City's heat

Her long highlighted brown locks were left loose in waves around her face

She kept the sleeves of the tied-top rolled up amid New York City’s heat. Her long highlighted brown locks were left loose in waves around her face

Melania, who recently came under fire after it was revealed that she had refused to ask rioters to back down last year when they stormed the U.S. Capitol, shielded her eyes from the bright sun in a pair of sunglasses.

Secret service members, who wore blue suits, sunglasses, and ear pieces, protected the former first lady as she exited her vehicle and walked into the building.

It’s been rumored that her husband, former President Donald Trump is currently enjoying his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, which could explain why she was visiting the Big Apple – which is only about an hour from the lavish property.

The couple has reportedly been living at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, since they moved out of the White House last January. 

Melania, who recently came under fire after it was revealed that she refused to ask rioters to back down last year when they stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, shielded her eyes from the bright sun in a pair of sunglasses

Melania, who recently came under fire after it was revealed that she refused to ask rioters to back down last year when they stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, shielded her eyes from the bright sun in a pair of sunglasses

She clutched onto a large cream Hermes Birkin bag - which can range in price from $11,000 up to $30,000 depending on the exact leather and style - and she added a pair of $695 Roger Vivier ballet pumps to complete the look

She clutched onto a large cream Hermes Birkin bag – which can range in price from $11,000 up to $30,000 depending on the exact leather and style – and she added a pair of $695 Roger Vivier ballet pumps to complete the look 

It's been rumored that her husband, former President Donald Trump is currently enjoying his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey

That could explain why she was visiting the Big Apple - which is only about an hour from the lavish resort

 It’s been rumored that her husband, former President Donald Trump is currently enjoying his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, which could explain why she was visiting the Big Apple – which is only about an hour from the lavish resort

Secret service members, who wore blue suits, sunglasses, and ear pieces, protected the former first lady as she exited her vehicle and walked into the building

Secret service members, who wore blue suits, sunglasses, and ear pieces, protected the former first lady as she exited her vehicle and walked into the building

The khaki jacket that Melania wore during the recent outing was reminiscent of the now-infamous design she was spotted in back in 2018, which had the words, ‘I really don’t care, do you?’ sprawled across the back.

Former President Donald later said she was sending a message to ‘the Fake News Media’ with the $39 statement jacket from Zara, which she wore while getting on a plane to fly to McAllen, Texas, and looked very similar to the one was wearing on Thursday.

‘Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares,’ he tweeted at the time, in reference to Melania’s controversial piece of clothing.

Melania received scrutiny after her former Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham shared a screenshot of an alleged text exchange between the two of them to Twitter earlier this week, which showed Melania declining to speak out against the violence which took place at the Capitol on January 6, after supporters of her husband broke into the government building. 

‘Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?’ Stephanie asked Melania in the texts, to which the first lady allegedly replied, ‘No.’

Stephanie previously detailed this interaction with Melania in her book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House, explaining how it compelled her to step down from her position. 

She claimed that Melania was in the middle of a photoshoot, capturing some of the White House’s rugs, when the Capitol was breached by the pro-Trump crowd, calling her reaction ‘dismissive, defeated, and detached.’

It broke me,’ she wrote in the book. ‘I took a breath and waited another minute. You learned to do that in the Trump White House: make sure you are grounded and not acting out of the moment. Then I resigned.

‘I sent her an email and cc-ed her senior adviser so I couldn’t take it back or be talked out of it. I was done.’

The couple has reportedly been living at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, since they moved out of the White House last January

The couple has reportedly been living at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, since they moved out of the White House last January

Melania received scrutiny after her former Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham shared a screenshot of an alleged text exchange between the two of them to Twitter earlier this week, which showed her declining to speak out against the Capitol violence

Melania received scrutiny after her former Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham shared a screenshot of an alleged text exchange between the two of them to Twitter earlier this week, which showed her declining to speak out against the Capitol violence

Melania received scrutiny after her former Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham shared a screenshot of an alleged text exchange between the two of them to Twitter earlier this week, which showed her declining to speak out against the Capitol violence

'Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?' Stephanie asked Melania in the texts, to which the first lady allegedly replied, 'No'

‘Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?’ Stephanie asked Melania in the texts, to which the first lady allegedly replied, ‘No’ 

Stephanie later told CNN that 25-year-old former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony in the hearings about the January 6 riot – which included revelations that Trump had seriously wanted to join his supporters at the Capitol – compelled her to release the text because she said it provided ‘a lot of context.’

‘Knowing Melania like I did, I was so disappointed and discouraged and sickened that she wouldn’t stand up and just say simply there should be no violence,’ she added. 

Melania has maintained a relatively low profile in recent months, taking a big step back from the spotlight since Trump’s presidency came to an end last year. 

She’s only been seen at events a handful of times, while her husband has continued to make regular appearances. 



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