Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shut down a reporter’s question at a press briefing Monday after he asked to confirm a rumor that First Lady Melania Trump does not live in the White House.
“Sarah… The Washington Post among many things reported that there are persistent rumors that Mrs. Trump does not live in this White House and that she lives with her parents somewhere in the suburbs. What do you make of those rumors?” a reporter asked.
“I make the fact that – just when you think the Washington Post can’t get things anymore wrong, they do, and that that is an outrageous and ridiculous claim,” Sanders responded.
“The First Lady lives here at the White House. We see her regularly, and I think that’s something that belongs in tabloid gossip, not on the front pages of The Washington Post – and I hope that they’ll do better next time.”
The conspiracy theory was first published in a Sunday Washington Post article which claimed there was “a persistent rumor” Melania lived with her parents.
“For months, a persistent rumor has floated around Washington that Melania doesn’t really live in the White House and stays in a house with her parents and Barron near his suburban Washington school,” The Post’s article stated.