The Trumps have arrived in Washington. First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron officially moved into the White House on Sunday.The Trumps said in November that Melania and Barron would not move into the White House immediately after the inauguration. They wanted their 11-year-old to finish up his school year in New York City. It has cost the New York Police Department between $127,000 and $146,000 per day to guard the two at the Trump Tower. Rumors had surfaced that Melania and Baron would be in New York indefinitely. Barron will be attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, this fall. He is the first boy to live in the White House since 1963. President Trump's daughter Tiffany will also be coming to Washington to study law at Georgetown this fall. Melania Trump’s parents, Victor and Amalija Knavs, are also expected to be familiar faces around the White House. It is believed that will help care for Baron, however, they will not be officially relocating to Washington. Although often supportive of President Trump, many feel that Melania Trump will soften her husband's image. She is a supporter of Israel and has publicly defended her husband’s Muslim ban.
It’s still not clear exactly what initiative Melania Trump will make her platform. During the presidential campaign, she said she would use the role of first lady to speak out against cyberbullying. "I do think once she's in D.C. there'll be more pressure for her to be working on something that's her own, that's helping some segment of the population because that's what first ladies are supposed to do," said Jean Harris, professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. In the case of President Trump, many will be anxious to see whether his wife's daily presence will have a positive influence on Trump's behavior and mood. First ladies are seen as calming influences on presidents. I don’t want to change him,” Melania Trump told MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski in an interview during the campaign. “He doesn’t want to change me.”
Her presence is not going to stop any investigations, but at a time when this particular presidency needs an air of stability, it might lend that,” said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who specializes in first lady studies. “The move helps to give the impression that the president is currently in a stable, solid marriage and that his home life is under control.”