This is the Donald and Melania Trump news that we weren't expecting


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Donald and Melania Trump are one of the most talked-about couples in the world, making viral news on the regular from not holding hands in public to Donald’s recent sexist joke about the First Lady.

It has long been reported that Melania and Donald live relatively separate lives, with the First Lady continuing to live in New York for the first five months of Trump’s presidency, without him.

In fact, there are even rumours this year of a fake Melania conspiracy, with members of the public theorising that Melania has been replaced with a ‘fake Melania’, so the real First Lady can live out her life in private.

The speculation grew so loud in fact that Donald Trump got involved, insisting that he had not recruited a body double to stand by his side, in place of his wife.

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But it wasn’t the President that was defending his relationship with Melania this week. Instead, it was writer Laurence Leamer, who wrote about the relationship in his new book, Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace.

Mar-a-Lago is Trump’s Palm Beach resort - referred to by the President as the ‘Winter White House’, where the Trump family often entertain and host guests.

According to Leamer’s book however, the President and First Lady have one particular Mar-a-Lago tradition - and it’s not what anyone was expecting.

The ritual in question? Dining together - for really, really long dinners on the candle-lit patio.

Yes, really.

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‘They're there so long, other people are leaving and they're just…there,’ Leamer reportedly explains in his book. ‘They dine for hours.’

He continued: ‘[Trump] likes a small table, a four-person table, so people can come over to say “hello” but there's not enough room to invite people to join.’

This is something that was also reported a while ago by CNN, with a White House official informing the publication: ‘Those two will go and sit at dinner, and they are in the most in-depth conversations and will talk and sit there for hours, literally.’

Well, no one was expecting that Donald and Melania news.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.