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Key member of Trump family missing from group picture in front of Christmas tree

Trump family members including Barron, Tiffany, Ivanka and Donald Jr are all posing in the photo (Picture: kimberlyguilfoyle/Instagram)

A Christmas family portrait of the extended Trump family at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida has raised eyebrows for who isn’t included in it.

Melania, the wife of Donald Trump, is nowhere to be seen in the picture, which was shared on the Instagram story of Donald Jr’s fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle.

That’s despite the fact the gathered family even includes the former first lady’s dad Viktor Knavs, who is standing to the right of Tiffany Trump at the edge of the image.

The photo shows 13 members of the clan in front of a huge Christmas tree and a golden archway in a typically ostentatious room at the Florida resort.

In the centre is the ex-president himself, grinning widely ahead of a new year which will be critical to his political fortunes.

Melania was not the only major member of the Trump family missing from the festive gathering – the picture is also missing Eric Trump, Donald’s second-oldest son, and his wife Lara.

But her absence feeds into a wider curiosity about her whereabouts, after writer Laurence Leamer said Melania ‘rarely exits Mar-a-Lago’.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the local resident – who has written a book on the resort – said: ‘Nobody knows where she is. It’s like a mystery. It’s certainly talked about.’

A video posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Christmas Day showed Donald Trump having dinner in one of the estate’s grand rooms – but Melania was nowhere to be seen.

Mr Trump posted a picture of himself standing beside his wife on his Truth Social site to wish his followers a merry Christmas two days ago.

Mrs Trump, meanwhile, shared a generic image on X which simply read ‘Merry Christmas & Happy New Year’.

She has also been notably absent from the stages where her husband has held raucous rallies in recent months, taking a less prominent role than she did during his two previous campaigns.

That may change in the new year though, with a source telling Page Six on Monday that Mr Trump has ‘reached an agreement with Melania to step up top-tier diplomatic appearances in 2024’.

Credit: metro


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