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Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: What happens if their marriage ends while they’re still in the White House

US President Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. | Photo by Gage Skidmore (licensed under Creative Commons [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/]) via Flickr.com

Even before winning the election, Donald Trump’s statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016 presidential election. However, what has been more interesting was how his marriage with First Lady Melania Trump became a constant subject of rumors and the long-running speculations that they are bound to get divorced.

Melania Trump, Donald Trump: What happens if they get divorced while still in office

The first couple has repeatedly insisted that their marriage is fine. But the relentless divorce rumors may have been making some people wonder what would happen if they decided to end their marriage while they are still in the White House.

The curiosity on this speculative subject is likely rooted in what would happen to Melania’s position as the first lady. Technically, first ladies are only appointed by the elected president, but there is no law requiring the office of the first lady to be occupied by the president’s wife.

Throughout the history of America’s democracy, there have been several Presidents served with first ladies who were not their wives. Some of the American presidents were not married or were already widowed by the time they took office. For example, Andrew Jackson’s wife died shortly before becoming America’s president, so he appointed his wife’s niece Emily Donelson to the job. What does this mean if the Trumps would get divorced? Trump could decide whether to choose a new first lady, and Melania would then have to vacate the East Wing.

Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: Source claims they postponed divorce after winning the election

The divorce rumors surrounding the first couple have been fueled by different factors. There was a time when Trump was accused of having sexual relations with other women while already married to Melania. Writer Monica Byrne has also previously claimed through a series of now-deleted tweets that the President was aware of Melania’s alleged affair, but they reportedly opted to postpone their divorce when he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Donald Trump jokes Melania Trump wouldn’t cry if he gets gunshot injury

There are also times when the doubts about there marriage are ignited by words and actions coming from the first couple. It was reported recently that Trump implied in a joke at a Republican fundraiser that he knows Melania would not weep for him if he ever gets seriously injured. Trump’s statement, according to Politico’s insiders, was said when he was addressing Louisiana representative and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who survived a mass shooting in 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.

By Jess Ferrera
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