Melania Trump shares rare, close-up selfie after hosting the annual lavish New Year's Eve ball at Mar-a-Lago without Donald



First Lady Melania Trump has marked the New Year by posting a rare, close-up selfie of herself.

Mrs Trump posted the photo on social media on Tuesday after hosting a lavish New Year's Eve ball at Mar-a-Lago in Florida while her husband Donald remained at the White House.

The First Lady's selfie had a glittery 2019 social media filter emblazoned across it.

She posted just one photo to mark the New Year but several guests at the glamorous Mar-a-Lago party shared their own photos of the First Lady.

Melania was dressed in a long-sleeved sparkly v-neck black dress and her son Barron was spotted wearing a black tuxedo during the event.

Amanda Ungaro, the model wife of United Nations Ambassador of The Commonwealth of Dominica, Paolo Zampolli, shared a photo of herself posing with Melania during the event.

She also shared an Instagram story of Melania chatting animatedly at a dinner table before panning to a smiling Barron.

Among the other attendees posting photos was conservative Charlie Kirk.

He also shared a selfie with Melania and his Instagram story featured a series of videos with Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.

President Trump has spent most of his New Year's Eves over the last decade at Mar-a-Lago but opted to spend the end of 2018 at the White House instead.

Amanda Ungaro, the model wife of United Nations Ambassador of The Commonwealth of Dominica, Paolo Zampolli, shared a photo of herself posing with Melania during the event
Melania pictured with United Nations Ambassador Paolo Zampolli in a photo he posted to Instagram with the caption: 'NYE Mar a Lago. We miss you POTUS'
He wished the country a happy new year in a Twitter video with a self-pitying reminder that he'll be ringing in 2019 at the White House instead of at Mar-a-Lago with Melania as was previously planned.

'While I'm at the White House working you're out there partying tonight, but I don't blame you,' Trump said in the 11-second video.

'Enjoy yourselves, we're going to have a great year. Have a really, really happy new year.'

Trump followed that tweet up with a string of posts about the border wall - which is the reason he's spent the holidays alone.
Conservative Charlie Kirk who was also attending the Mar-A-Lago bash shared this selfie with the First Lady on Twitter
President Trump has spent most of his New Year's Eves over the last decade at Mar-a-Lago but opted to spend the end of 2018 at the White House instead. The Trumps and their son Barron are pictured at Mar-a-Lago in 2017
As her husband rang in the New Year in the White House, Melania Trump celebrated as planned at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, attending the resort’s annual New Year’s Eve party. The only semi-official photo from the event is a selfie from the first lady herself shared on social media, but posts from guests at the $1,000-a-head event show her beaming in a sparkling, long-sleeve dress with a plunging neckline.
The president cancelled his trip to Mar-a-Lago amid the government shutdown that began December 21 when Democrats refused to put the $5billion Trump wants to fund the wall into the Congressional budget.

The president was originally supposed to spend 16 days over the holidays at his Florida estate.

Melania returned to the White House for Christmas Eve and to join her husband on his visit to see U.S. troops in Iraq.

She flew back to Florida on Thursday to be with their 12-year-old son Barron.

This year, tickets for the lavish New Year's Eve event cost $1,000 for club guests and $650 for club members, up from $750 and $600, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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 “NYE Mar a Lago. We miss you POTUS,” read an Instagram post from Paolo Zampolli, the United Nations ambassador of Dominica. The ambassador’s official account posted another photo of himself and Brazilian model wife Amanda Ungaro with FLOTUS.

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk also posted a photo of himself crouching behind a seated Trump as they smiled for the camera.

The black dress bucked a Melania Trump trend noted by InStyle. The first lady has worn a pale pink dress to at least three other Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve parties in 2000, 2002 and 2017.  Sparkling black certainly seems like a more subdued, traditional dress choice for the occasion.

The Mar-a-Lago event has come under scrutiny during the government shutdown as 800,000 federal employees don’t know when they’ll get their next paycheck. The ticket price went up from $750 to $1,000 this year. Meanwhile, Quartz reported that the federal government paid $54,000 for security tents to be used during winter parties at the Palm Beach resort, as well as $41,250 for lights and generators.

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