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Melania, Barron and Ivanka avoid Donald’s press conference but rally around him at Trump Tower: Inside the circle of family support after historic verdict

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Melania, Ivanka and Barron Trump are among the family members who have gathered at Trump Tower but didn’t appear at Donald Trump‘s press conference, where he railed against his conviction in a case tied to a hush-money payment made to a porn star to keep quiet about their affair.

The former first lady has remained silent during the trial and the verdict of 34 guilty counts against her husband. Ivanka posted a message of love to her father on her social media. 

But Melania and their 18-year-old son are at their New York home, where Trump has camped out dealing with his Manhattan trial. 

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner also are at Trump Tower, DailyMail.com has learned, as the family gathers around their patriarch in the wake of his conviction.

Eric Trump, who has been in court most days with his father, and his wife Lara Trump, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee, where present at the press conference when the former president railed about the case. 

Lara shared a video on social media of her and Eric’s two children hugging Donald Trump and giving him handmade drawings. The video appeared to be shot in the Trump apartment in Trump Tower. 

Melania Trump and Barron Trump - seen above at Mar-a-Lago at Easter - are at Trump Tower

Melania Trump and Barron Trump – seen above at Mar-a-Lago at Easter – are at Trump Tower

Melania and son Barron are the only members of the Trump to either not appear in court with the former president or to post supportive messages on social media.

Don Jr., Eric and Tiffany all made courtroom appearances. Ivanka Trump posted a four-word message on Instagram Thursday night in support of her father: ‘I love you dad.’ 

The former first lady was last seen in public with Donald Trump on May 17th, when their son Barron Trump graduated from high school. 

Meanwhile, Trump railed against his conviction.

‘This is a case where if they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone. These are bad people,’ he said. 

He also admitted that he had gotten ‘very upset’ with his lawyers.

And he e called Judge Juan Merchan the ‘devil.’

Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11. He faces probation or up to four years in prison. 

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff told CNN, she expects to see Melania at her husband’s sentencing, acting as a ‘distraction.’

Wolkoff worked with Melania in the White House in the early years of the Trump administration. The two had a friendship going back to their New York days but fell out during Trump’s presidency. They no longer speak and Wolkoff wrote a tell-all memoir about her time with the Trumps.

‘I do believe she will show up and it will be the art of distraction. It will shine a bright light on Melania when it’s needed the most, when other things are happening in Donald’s life needs to be shaded,’ Wolkoff said. 

Eric and Lara Trump watch Donald Trump's press conference

Eric and Lara Trump watch Donald Trump’s press conference

Ivanka Trump is also at Trump Tower to support her father

Ivanka Trump is also at Trump Tower to support her father

'This is a case where if they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone. These are bad people,' Donald Trump said

‘This is a case where if they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone. These are bad people,’ Donald Trump said

Trump will be sentenced four days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where he will formally accept the GOP presidential nomination.

It’s unclear if Melania will attend the convention or address it as she did in 2016 and 2020. Barron Trump was originally selected as a delegate from Florida but Melania later announced he would not be serving as one due to ‘prior commitments.’

She did not elaborate on what those commitments were. Barron Trump graduated from high school earlier this month. The Trumps have not said where he will go to college or what his future plans are.

All the other Trump children – except for Ivanka – are delegates to the convention. 

The New York case involved Donald Trump paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her during the 2016 election over claims of an affair.

Trump denies sleeping with Daniels, who claimed it happened back in 2006, shortly after Melania had given birth to Barron.

But Trump’s fixer at the time, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 during the election to keep her quiet about the story.

Trump was convicted of falsifying business records when it came to reimbursing Cohen for the payment.

When the payment was revealed in 2017, Melania was said to be blind sided.

She let her feelings be known by canceling on Trump, refusing to go with him to the World Economic Forum in Davos even though she was scheduled to attend. Instead she decamped behind the walls of Mar-a-Lago, their Palm Beach estate. 

But Melania Trump was believed to be following the media coverage of the trial.  She also, however, was believed to see it as her husband’s problem and not hers.



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