Melania Trump Was Overseeing a Photoshoot of Rugs While a Mob Took Over the Capitol

Hilary Weaver
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Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images

From ELLE

On Wednesday, January 6, thousands of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress. For the rest of the week, if you turned on the news or opened Twitter, there's a good chance you'd exclusively see mention of this event (or the fact that Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter).

While all of this was happening on this, a day that will forever live in infamy, First Lady Melania Trump was overseeing a photoshoot of "rugs and other items in the Executive Residence and the East Wing," a source close to the White House and the East Wing told CNN.

In December, CNN also noted that the first lady is reportedly interested in writing a coffee-table book:

"Trump is said to be toying with writing a photo-centric coffee table book about White House hospitality history, or one perhaps centered on the design projects she has completed while first lady, according to a source in the publishing industry familiar with preliminary discussions."

"Mrs. Trump is focused on her role as first lady," her former chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN in the report published December 9. "Monday she unveiled her most current effort in preserving the White House by announcing the completion of the tennis pavilion. She also recently unveiled a new piece of art in the newly renovated Rose Garden. Her office just revealed this year's Christmas décor. Her schedule remains full with her duties as a mother, wife and first lady of the United States."

Grisham resigned from her role following Wednesday's Capitol riots.

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