As the crow flies, it’s not quite 11 miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Andrews Air Force Base, and via Marine One — the presidential helicopter squadron — the journey takes mere minutes. Even that brief amount of time felt too long for Melania Trump on Friday, March 23.
According to the official White House schedule released the previous evening, the first lady was slated to travel on a chopper with her husband, President Donald Trump, from the White House South Lawn to Joint Base Andrews, where Air Force One would whisk the couple away to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The president would then stay on for the weekend, while she’d return after their 12-year-old son Barron’s weeklong school break.
When departure time hit, however, Melania chose to take her own motorcade to the base instead, meeting POTUS on the plane and avoiding any photos together. “She’s very independent,” a source explains in the new issue of Us Weekly.