Melania likes Michelle Obama, says Trump

New York, Nov 11 (IANS) US President-elect Donald Trump said his wife Melania likes First Lady Michelle Obama a lot following a transition meeting between them at the White House.

“A fantastic day in DC. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!” Trump tweeted on Thursday night.

The tweet came after Michelle gave a traditional tour of the White House to Melania, who will succeed her as First Lady from January 20, 2017, Efe news reported.

The tour included a look around the private residence, the Truman balcony, the official reception area and the Oval Office, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The women also had tea together and talked about how to raise children in the White House. Melania’s son Barron is 10, the same age as Michelle’s oldest daughter Malia was when they moved into the presidential mansion.

“The meeting was a gesture of hospitality. Michelle Obama has publicly explained the stress of moving to a new place, living in a fishbowl, a museum, and I’m sure Melania Trump is feeling part of that same anxiety,” said Earnest.

The connection between the two wives began before they got to know each other when Melania plagiarised a part of Michelle’s speech during the Republican National Convention in July.

Although the plagiarism sparked a row, Trump himself joked about it at a charity dinner months later.

“Michelle Obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, gives the exact same speech, and people get on her case! And I don’t get it. I don’t know why,” he said. “This one’s going to get me in trouble.”

Melania, 46, will be an unquestionably atypical first lady, only the second to have been born outside the US. However, the former model still seeks to play the role in the most traditional way.