‘Like zoo animals’: Book’s bizarre claim about Trump marriage

There has long been speculation about Donald and Melania Trump's unusual-looking marriage.

A new book by journalist Michael Wolff is the latest to offer insight into the seemingly distant relationship the former US president and First Lady share.

While the world has moved on, Trump still holds sway over the Republican Party and spends most of his time holed up at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he reportedly basks in adulation from supporters and has been seen interrupting weddings with rambling speeches about the election.

But Melania is completely out of the limelight.

Donald and Melania Trump
Contrary to speculation, Melania has stuck by the former president. Source: Getty

In an excerpt from his upcoming book titled Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, Wolff questioned whether Melania even lives with Donald Trump anymore since they left the White House.

"For four years in the White House, it was never quite clear how much time she was spending at the White House or in a house in Maryland where she had settled her parents," Wolff writes in the book, according to the excerpt published by The Times.

"Aides were careful not to closely inquire or openly wonder. Here too, in Mar-a-Lago, it was unclear."

When Melania is at the hotel, the couple reportedly often eat alone at a "roped-off table" in the centre of a Mar-a-Lago patio restaurant with Wolff likening them to "animals in a zoo".

"No, no, that's not right," he added.

"They are like a newly married couple: every night is a wedding at which they spend their dinner greeting friends and well-wishers."

Despite claims from former aides shortly after the election defeat last year that Melania was "counting down the minutes until divorce", the pair have not publicly parted ways.

Although the 51-year-old former lingerie model is seldom seen alongside her husband without the formal engagements demanded by the presidency.

"She's not mingling with people and rarely interacts with her husband's staff," a person close to the couple told CNN in April.

Despite mounting legal troubles for his business, Trump continues to hint that he will make another tilt at the White House in 2024 and has resumed campaign-like events ensuring he keeps his stranglehold on the Republican party.

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