Donald Trump has been seen with Melania for the first time since the couple left the White House as they posed for selfies with fans on Valentine’s Day.
The former President, 74, and First Lady, 50, beamed for pictures taken in the Mar-a-Lago resort dining room on Sunday.
The couple were last seen together when they arrived in Florida after snubbing Joe Biden’s inauguration last month.
Melania has remained particularly illusive, even stripping her Instagram of all posts except her White House farewell speech.
She shared two posts on Valentines Day this year but neither mentioned her husband – as rumors about the state of their marriage continue to swirl.
Former President Donald Trump was captured in a selfie with fans on Valentine’s Day at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
Also snapped in a selfie was former First Lady Melaina Trump – marking the Valentine’s Day occasion as the first time Melania and the former president have been photographed together since leaving Washington
Trump has taken to the resort’s golf course to unwind in recent days, and was last spotted out on Thursday, with Melania notably absent.
He also took to the green on Valentines Day itself, just hours after he escaped conviction by the Senate in his historic second impeachment trial.
Melania shared pictures of her visits to sick children during her time as first lady to mark the holiday – but she did not mention her husband of 15 years at all.
Several sources told CNN that Mrs Trump is spending much of her time at day spas.
‘She goes to the spa, has lunch, goes to the spa (again) and has dinner with Donald on the patio,’ one source told the network.
Another source said: ‘It is not unusual for Trump to spend several hours a day there [at the spa], enjoying the benefits at her disposal, often going twice in a 24-hour period, for massages, nail care, facial treatments or other items on the menu.’
Former first lady Melania Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to share three photos of herself visiting with kids – but Twitter users were quick to notice that she failed to mention her husband Donald
The couple were last seen together when they arrived in Florida after snubbing Joe Biden’s inauguration last month
The sources both said that ‘the former first lady has mentally all but left Washington behind, unlike her husband’.
Speculation has been rife in recent months about the state of the former first-couple’s relationship.
Ex-Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman earlier claimed the couple’s 15-year marriage was over, adding: ‘Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce.
‘If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her.’
BACK AT IT: President Donald Trump was back at his West Palm Beach Trump International Golf Club Thursday after popping his head up publicly on Wednesday to mourn the loss of conservative radio great Rush Limbaugh
The former president, seen here about to hit his ball at his West Palm Beach course Thursday, used the interviews to continue to say he was robbed of a second term due to widespread voter fraud, a claim that has been debunked
Trump is seen leaning over to hit a ball Thursday at his West Palm Beach golf club. The former president spent Wednesday calling into Fox News Channel twice, as well as Newsmax and One America, all conservative outlets
But the reports have been blasted as inaccurate, with the former-First Lady herself saying she has ‘a great relationship’ with her husband, 74. Meanwhile, he has insisted that they never argue.
On Wednesday, the former President broke his silence to mourn the loss of conservative radio great Rush Limbaugh.
He used the interviews – on Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America – to double down on his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
‘He wanted to get past the election and he made it easily and he thought we won the election,’ Trump told Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, speaking about Limbaugh and then making a segue. ‘As far as I’m concerned, it was disgraceful what happened, totally disgraceful,’ he said of the 2020 election result.
‘We had a disgusting, frankly, a very dishonest election and it was stolen. And it was a stolen, fixed, rigged election and it’s too bad,’ Trump told Kelly later in the Q&A.
President Donald Trump (right) appeared with Rush Limbaugh (left) at a Make America Great Again rally in November 2018. Trump paid his respects to Limbaugh during a series of phone interviews Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America
The former president wore a white polo shirt and hat and black slacks as he golfed Thursday in West Palm Beach Florida, which is nearby his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, where he’s stayed since leaving office on January 20
Trump watches his ball as he golfs Thursday at his West Palm Beach, Florida golf club. During interviews Wednesday that were supposed to be about radio show great Rush Limbaush, Trump continued to complain the election had been stolen from him
Trump, photographed near his golf cart Thursday, was blamed by House Democratic impeachment managers for inciting the January 6 insurrection because he continued to repeat the ‘big lie’ that the election was stolen from him
‘But Rush wanted to get by the election and he did and he was proud of that, but he thought the result was a disgrace,’ Trump continued.
He made similar claims when he appeared, via telephone, on Fox.
‘Rush thought I won. And so did I,’ Trump said. ‘We were like a Third World country on election night.’
‘I was disappointed by voter tabulation. I think it’s disgraceful what happened,’ the former president continued. ‘I think we won substantially. And Rush thought we won.’
He made similar claims on One America News.
The interviews marked the first time since Trump spoke publicly since being acquitted Saturday by the US Senate in his second impeachment trial.
Trump was impeached by the House last month for inciting the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.
Trump (left) stands with an unknown golf partner on Thursday in Florida, one day after he did a number of interviews about the late Rush Limbaugh, who became a political ally and friend after Trump announced his bid for the White House in 2016
The former president joked that his poll numbers have climbed up since the second impeachment.
‘I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up,’ the former president told Kelly.
”24 too early to say, but I see a lot of great polls out there, that’s for sure,’ Trump said later during the Newsmax interview.
But he wasn’t asked substantial questions about the insurrection, with the hosts framing the interviews around Limbaugh’s death.
House Democratic impeachment managers said that Trump spreading the ‘big lie’ – that widespread election fraud had robbed him of a second term – was what motivated the crowd that rioted at the Capitol on January 6, the day the Electoral College votes were to be certified by Congress and Vice President Mike Pence.
Yesterday, Trump speculated that Joe Biden is either lying or ‘mentally gone’ after the President on Tuesday night said his administration arrived to find no COVID-19 vaccines available.
The former president teased a possible 2024 run, boasting about his ‘tremendous support’, and said he would not be returning to Twitter – the platform from which he was banned last month.
‘It’s become very boring,’ he said. ‘We don’t want to go back to Twitter.’
Donald Trump spoke to Newsmax host Greg Kelly on Wednesday night
Trump, 74, was on Wednesday highly critical of Biden’s remarks during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee the night before.
Biden, asked about combating COVID, told host Anderson Cooper: ‘It’s one thing to have the vaccine – which we didn’t have when we came into office – but a vaccinator: How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?’
His comments were immediately seized upon by critics, who pointed out that a vaccine had been available since before Christmas.
‘We were giving millions of shots, millions of doses,’ said Trump on Wednesday, speaking by phone to host Greg Kelly.
‘So he was either not telling the truth or he’s mentally gone. One or the other.
‘Joe Biden’s being killed on that thing. Even the haters said, well wait a minute, this vaccine was announced long before.’
Joe Biden on Tuesday night appeared at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee
Biden and Trump are pictured during a presidential debate on September 29 in Cleveland
Trump pointed out that Biden himself was vaccinated before his January 20 inauguration.
‘Long before January 20,’ said Trump.
‘He made the statement that we had no vaccine. Literally, quote, we had no vaccine. He is getting lit up on that one. Even the bad ones. Even the ones that aren’t exactly fans, they were saying that was a bad statement.
‘Maybe, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt – could he be joking? Because frankly that was a very dumb statement.’
Trump has been at Mar-a-Lago since his January 20 departure from Washington, and has seen his allies including lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell hit with massive law suits for falsely claiming that Dominion voting machines switched the votes from Trump to Biden.
The pair are facing a $1.3 billion defamation suit.
Earlier this month Fox News and three Fox anchors – Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro – were sued by another voting systems company, Smartmatic, for $2.7 billlion. Giuliani and Powell are also named in the suit.
The legal action has seen pro-Trump networks drastically curtail their claims of election rigging.
Dobbs’ show has been taken off the air, and, earlier this month, Newsmax anchor Bob Sellers stormed off the set in the middle of an interview with MyPillow founder Mike Lindell when Lindell started spouting the election conspiracy theories.
Dominion have said they intend to sue Lindell too.
Donald Trump is pictured on January 20. His interviews on Wednesday were pre-recorded
Trump was pictured today playing golf at his gold course in West Balm Beach, Florida
The former president is also no longer on Twitter, and claimed that the social media network was ‘boring’ without him.
He said the platforms could not cope with his popularity, claiming he had 89 million followers on Twitter ‘because they held it back’ and a further 39 million on the official POTUS account.
‘We had other sites where we had millions and millions of people,’ he said.
‘We were about as big as it gets. And likewise on Facebook. They all want that.
‘Part of the problem is mechanically they can’t handle it, it’s too many people. It’s bigger than they are by many times.’
Trump said that, since he had been forced from social media for inciting violence, it was ‘not the same.’
He said: ‘If you look at what’s going on with Twitter, I understand it’s become very boring and millions are leaving.
‘They are leaving it, because it’s not the same. And I can understand that.’
Trump said he was ‘negotiating with a number of people’ about potentially starting his own site, and said he had no plans to return to Twitter because the moderators were ‘harassing’ him for claiming the election was stolen.
‘We were being really harassed on Twitter,’ he said.
‘They were putting up all sorts of flags, I guess they call them. They were flagging almost anything I said. Everything I was saying was being flagged.
‘And yet you had other countries saying the worst things possible. And they don’t even talk about it.’
Trump also dangled the possibility of a 2024 run, saying he was confident of his ‘tremendous’ support.
Trump, seen leaving Washington DC on January 20, said he was contemplating running again
Asked by Kelly if he will run, he said: ‘I won’t say yet. But we have tremendous support.’
Trump said that his poll numbers were ‘through the roof.’
He left the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency at 29 per cent, according to Pew Research, and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct.
The share of voters surveyed from January 8-12 who rated Trump’s conduct since the election as only fair or poor has risen from 68 per cent in November to 76 per cent.
Trump voters, in particular, have grown more critical of their candidate’s post-election conduct. The share of his supporters who describe his conduct as poor has doubled over the past two months, from 10 per cent to 20 per cent.
About two-thirds (68 per cent) said Trump should not continue to be a major national political figure for many years to come; just 29 per cent say he should remain a major figure in U.S. politics.
Trump, however, said he had become more popular since his impeachment in the House on January 13. He was acquitted by the Senate on Saturday.
‘I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up,’ he said.
‘Figure that one out. Let’s say somebody gets impeached. Typically your numbers would go down, they would go down like a dead balloon. But the numbers are very good, they are very high. I think they are higher than they were before the election, and they were high at the election.’
Trump said his supporters ‘like the job.’
He said: ‘We did a great job. We lowered taxes, got rid of regulations. We rebuilt our military. Lowered taxes.
‘How about space force? Just space force alone would be a big achievement – first time in 74 years, a new branch of the U.S. military. All of the things we’ve done.
‘And the border. We built the wall. Mexico is all getting all ready to pay for the wall. We were going to charge them at the border. A small fee. Mexico would have paid for the wall. They were all set. They give us 28,000 troops. They policed them before they get there. The president of Mexico is a great gentleman, by the way. He put 28,000 troops on our border, at my request, and we didn’t pay for that. We kept the border beautiful.
‘Now you take a look at what is going on at the border, it’s a disgrace,’ he added.
‘It’s a disgrace. Hundreds of thousands of people are going to be pouring in.’