The real reason Melania Trump bailed out of the White House

Melania Trump bailed on her husband’s Switzerland trip at the last minute, citing a “scheduling conflicts” excuse which immediately became laughable when she decided to make an unscheduled visit to the Holocaust Museum before bolting for Florida. Now comes word that she’s recently been living in a Washington DC hotel instead of the White House. It’s been widely assumed that she bailed on Donald Trump because his earlier affair with an adult film actress came to light. But is that the real story?

First, let’s address why this story matters in a political sense. Donald Trump is trying to salvage a failing presidency, even as he faces a criminal investigation for obstruction of justice and worse, while any number of his current and former advisers are flipping on him. The very last thing he needs right now, from a practical or perceptual standpoint, is a marriage crisis. In that sense Melania’s open rebellion against him is indeed revenant. So is the real reason she’s doing it.

Melania would be well within her rights to bail on Donald over his affair with Stormy Daniels. But this happened back in 2006, and it seems likely that Melania already knew about it. She would also be well within her rights to bail on him simply because of the humiliation brought on by this affair finally becoming public. But again, this is far from the first time the media has reported on Donald cheating on Melania. It’s not even the first time the media has caught him having cheated on her while she was pregnant. So why is she bailing now?

It’s possible that we’ve been looking at the wrong affair. Shortly after the Stormy Daniels affair became public, “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff insinuated that Donald Trump is currently having an affair with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Wolff has provided no real evidence of this, and Haley strongly denies it. But does Melania Trump know something we don’t? Is this the reason she bailed? These are questions that need answered.

Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report