Melania Trump Will Join Donald Trump on His Trip to Israel

Jared Kushner will also accompany U.S. President Donald Trump, who said he wants to use the trip to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians

First Lady Melania Trump and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, April 6, 2017.
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WASHINGTON - U.S. First Lady Melania Trump will join her husband on his first foreign trip as U.S. president and will make several public appearances, the Washington Examiner quoted a White House spokesperson as saying on Thursday. 

The week-long trip will begin on May 19th and will include stops in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants to use the trip to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Of course she will be joining her husband for the entire trip, and yes, she will be making several public appearances," spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said of Melania Trump, according to the report.

The first lady will not be the only family member on the trip. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is expected to join, too, partly because Trump has appointed him to oversee the goal of achieving a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Recent reports in Israel claim that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will also take part in the trip, something the White House has not confirmed. Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism after marrying Kushner in 2009, made her own first foreign trip as the daughter of the U.S. president last month, when she was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.