Trump praised his family in his post-arraignment speech, but didn’t mention Melania, who was nowhere to be seen

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Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump were absent from the post-indictment speech.JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

  • Neither Melania nor Ivanka Trump were seen during Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago speech on Tuesday.

  • Donald Jr, Eric, and Tiffany Trump all showed up to hear the former president speak.

  • Trump singled out several family members for praise but notably didn’t mention his wife.

Neither Melania Trump nor Ivanka Trump stood by former President Donald Trump’s side during his post-arraignment speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday.

Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters at his Florida home on Tuesday evening, after returning from his arraignment in New York, where he faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

While Donald Jr, Eric, and Tiffany Trump and their partners were seen in the ballroom, his wife and eldest daughter were notably absent.

Vaughn Hillyard, an NBC News correspondent, tweeted an image from the scene, noting the no-shows:

Trump supporters including Eric and Lara Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Kimberley Guilfoyle, Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos standing behind a velvet rope to listen to Donald Trump's speech at Mar-a-lLago on April 4, 2023.

Eric Trump and his wife, Lara; Victor Knavs, Donald Trump Jr. and his fiancé, Kimberly Guilfoyle; Tiffany Trump and her husband, Michael Boulos, listen as former President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, April 4, 2023.Evan Vucci/AP Photo

The case against Trump has particular significance for his family life, as it revolves around allegations that he misused campaign funds as hush money for adult-film actor Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with him while he was with Melania.

During his speech, Trump singled out several family members for praise, including Ivanka — but notably didn’t mention his absent wife, a transcript of the speech shows.

Speaking about the “fantastic job” that his “great family” have done, he singled out Donald Jr, Eric, Ivanka, and Barron Trump, per the paper.

“I have a son here who has done a great job, another son here who has done a great job, and Ivanka,” he said, referring to Donald Jr and Eric Trump.

Melania was also not seen accompanying Trump during his New York arraignment, multiple reports say.

Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter, tweeted the names of a number of Trumpworld figures said to be joining the former president for the trip, including Eric — but not Melania.

Melania was last seen having dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, just after news of the indictment broke, the New York Post reported.

Meanwhile, Ivanka has long signaled her lack of interest in playing a role in her father’s political career. She said last November that she was prioritizing family and does not “plan to be involved in politics,” having skipped her father’s 2024 presidential-campaign launch event.

She did, however, make a quiet visit to see him at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, ahead of the arraignment, according to Page Six.

Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are “supporting as family members in private,” the New York Post reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

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