Washington (CNN) Traditionally, it’s the role of the first lady to accompany spouses of visiting foreign leaders around Washington. That often means a good deal of showcasing local museums, schools, monuments and gardens. It’s essentially playing tour guide, but it’s part of the role of representing the Administration and playing gracious hostess to very VIP out of town guests.Melania Trump appears to be breaking with this particular tradition.On two pre-scheduled Washington stops Friday, one to Gallaudet University and the other to attend a National Cherry Blossom Festival committee meeting at the Japanese embassy, the first lady of Japan, Akie Abe, was alone, without Mrs. Trump to guide her.. . .But Mrs. Abe’s solo DC outings are nothing like her previous trips to the US capital city.In 2015, Mrs. Abe joined Michelle Obama on a visit to a Great Falls, Virginia, elementary school, where the two women were cheered by students.. . .(In 2007, Laura Bush and Ms. Abe toured) Mount Vernon, keeping one another company during a walk through the estate’s gardens.
Got that? The Prime Minister of our most important Asian ally — some would argue our most important ally worldwide — and his wife visit DC. Normally, when this happens, while the PM and POTUS are talking business, the US First Lady takes the visiting First Lady on a tour of various sites . . schools, monuments, museums. In the case of the Japanese, it’s usual for them to visit the Japanese cherry trees at the Tidal Basin — Japan gave us over 3,000 trees in 1912 and the Tidal Basin trees are holy ground.
Not the Trumps.
Ms. Abe was left to her own devices.
On top of this, PM Abe laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown BY HIMSELF — Trump was headed off to Mar-A-Largo, could not be bothered.
The Trump’s may live in a faux-gold-plated penthouse and they may pee in a gold toilet… but they are trash without any class or style.