However, this couldn’t be further from the case. In fact, the Trumps visited Slovenia only once, possibly setting a record for the fastest visit ever. Why was the trip so quick and what clues point to why the Trumps don’t visit often (hint: page 7)?
1. Donald doesn’t see any reason to go anywhere else but here
Donald dictates where the couple vacations and generally has his list of “go to” places. When the couple married, Donald’s millions could have paid for a lavish honeymoon to anywhere in the world, however, he insisted they hang at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. “I don’t want to go anywhere else because this is the best place to be,” he told The New York Post.
Next: Melania follows Donald’s lead.
2. The couple has an old-fashioned relationship
Melania lets Donald be in total control and said she is an old-fashioned girl, Cosmopolitan reports. Donald said this about marriage: “Look, I work very hard from early in the morning to late in the evening. I don’t want to go home and have to work at a relationship!”
Next: Melania’s parents make it easy for the first couple to not travel to Slovenia.
3. This is where you can usually find Melania’s parents
Rather than the first family going to Slovenia, Melania’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs often travel to the U.S. instead, according to Town and Country. The Knavs’ are also rumored to be seeking American citizenship and legally live in the U.S. through a green card.
Next: Slovenian President Borut Pahor made this formal invitation.
4. Slovenia rolled out the red carpet for the first couple but …
The Trumps were formally invited to visit Slovenia last July, however, no reports show the first family ever made the journey.
Next: This was the shocking amount of time the Trumps spent in Slovenia.
5. This was the only time the Trumps visited Slovenia
Donald seemed to be in a hurry to check off the “meet the in-laws” box and blew into Slovenia for one of the quickest in-law visits ever. The couple dined with his future in-laws over onion escalope with pan-fried potatoes, and forest blueberries. He was in such a hurry to get out of there, he refused coffee when the meal ended, The New Yorker reports. The parting words to his future father-in-law were, “Is this place for sale?”
When the Trumps appeared on Larry King in 2005 and said this about the visit: “I was there about 13 minutes. It’s a beautiful country. I landed, said, ‘Hi, mom, hi, dad; bye.’ Boom,” CNN recounts.
Next: Has Melania gone home alone?
6. Slovenians wonder about this
Melania’s home country is abuzz, speculating about why the first lady hasn’t returned, USA Today reports. She has even distanced herself from speaking her native language, even though many Slovenians are proud to call Melania one of them.
Next: She provided hints about why Melania may not travel.
7. Brigitte Macron may know why Melania hardly returns home
The first lady of France may have some insight into why Melania has remained stateside. During Macron’s recent visit she noticed Melania was heavily locked down under strict security, USA Today reports.
“She can’t even open a window at the White House,” Macron told USA Today. “She can’t go outside. She’s much more constrained than I am. I go out every day in Paris.” If she can’t open a window without permission, flying back to Slovenia is likely to be impossible.
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