Everywhere Melania Trump goes, drama and scandal seem to follow her expensive high heels.
This time around, President Donald Trump’s wife is being massacred by the media for spending a whopping $174,000 on a brief 12-hour trip to Toronto, Canada to visit the Invictus Games.
The first lady and former model met with Prince Harry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the trip.
Official documents showed that Melania used thousands of taxpayer dollars for two hotels — the Ritz Carlton and Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for meetings that lasted for less than 20 minutes.
Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s spokeswoman, defended the pricey outing by saying: “What I can tell you is that when the President or First Lady travels, there are people who travel ahead on the advance team to ensure safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs, and logistics are all in place.”
A source told Hollywood Life that Melania is fed up of being scrutinized for her expenses especially because Michelle Obama spent more than her when she was in the White House.
The insider said: “Melania is catching all this heat for her recent trip expenses, and she believes it’s just yet another example of how she is unfairly singled out and bullied by the mainstream media.”
The source continued with: “To read some of the news items and opinion pieces, you would think that Melania is responsible for booking the trips herself, as she’s the one coming under fire and being held up as an example of excessive spending. Melania has nothing to do with the ins and outs of her travel arrangements though, aside from discussing with her advisers which hotels would be the best option for her while she is working. Aside from that though, everything is handled by a specialized team.”
The person went on to say: “There’s a whole security team involved, both before Melania travels, and during any trips she takes. Melania carries out all of her work-related duties very conscientiously, and she certainly doesn’t indulge in any lavish spending of any kind, but she’s still the main focus of these stories, and the implication is that she is somehow to blame for the overall cost.”
The insider also claimed: “Once again, it’s another example of how unfairly Melania is treated by many of the major press outlets, who seem to go out of their way to try and create a scandal when there really is none. You can’t help noticing how differently all the other First Ladies were treated by the mainstream media, and it’s clear Melania is unfairly held under a microscope and her every move analyzed.”
The Trumps are always getting the media’s attention.