Donald Trump reportedly used his presidential veto power on furniture first lady Melania Trump had selected for their White House living quarters.
According to a New York Times report Friday, Melania had picked out furnishings for their home at 1600 Penn just before she moved in last June, after having spent the first six months of Trump’s presidency in New York City to be with their son Barron, who was finishing school.
However, Trump is said to have replaced several of the clean, modern pieces with ones that reflected his much more ostentatious aesthetic.
Donald Trump reportedly overrode first lady Melania Trump’s decisions on White House decor, replacing several of the furniture items she’d selected with his own picks before she moved in
The president is known for his ostentatious style, which is a far cry from Melania’s more understated and classic taste. The pair are pictured in his Manhattan apartment in 2003
‘In her absence, President Trump — whose tastes veer toward the gilded, triumphal style of Louis XIV — replaced her choices with several pieces he liked better,’ the Times reported.
‘One of two people familiar with the episode cited it as an example of Mr. Trump’s tendency not to relent on even the smallest requests from his wife.’
Melania’s communications director Stephanie Grisham responded to the allegations by saying that the couple made decisions about the furniture together, telling The Times: ‘They both chose the décor.’
‘[Melania] is staying true to the independent woman that she is by doing things her own way,’ Grisham wrote in an email.
‘This should be celebrated, not criticized. Her priorities remain her family, her personal health and her role as first lady.’
An old friend of the president told The Times that Melania is the ‘strongest voice’ in her husband’s orbit.
‘He listens to her more intently than anyone and respects her advice and counsel not only because she is his wife, but because her loyalty, grace, trust, elegance under fire, intellect and instincts are time-tested and proven,’ Thomas J Barrack Jr said of the couple who have been married since 2005.
In the New York Times report that detailed the furniture disagreement, a source said it was ‘an example of Mr Trump’s tendency not to relent on even the smallest requests from his wife’