BACK TO BUSINESS: After hosting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his wife Akie last weekend, and talking trade with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, President Trump welcomed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning. First Lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu joined their husbands at a White House press conference.
FLOTUS wore a outfit designed exclusively for her by Karl Lagerfeld – a white cashmere pencil skirt and jacket. The designer was believed to have been in the mix when Trump was planning her Inaugural Weekend wardrobe. In addition to his own designer label, Lagerfeld is head designer and creative director at Chanel as well as Fendi. The First Lady also wore an all-white ensemble – a belted sleeveless cashmere knit Calvin Klein dress – when she accompanied Azie Abe on a tour of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
This afternoon the President and Israel’s prime minister planned to meet privately followed by a closed-door lunch before taking part in a bilateral meeting. (Earlier in the day Trump brainstormed with leading retail chief executive officers.)
Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister’s wife who has kept her day job, along with her public duties, as an accomplished child psychologist at the Jerusalem Municipality Psychological Service.
The First Lady’s choice of white is open to interpretation. White is known to symbolize purity, innocence and neutrality, and in color psychology (yes, there is such a study) it is said to be the color of new beginnings. It is also the predominant color of Israel’s flag.
In the afternoon FLOTUS and Sara Netanyahu toured the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, while their husbands stayed at the White House. The tour was led by Secretary of the Smithsonian, David Skorton, and Lonnie Bunch, founding direct of the museum, according to pool reports.
The two stopped before a statue of Thomas Jefferson and an exhibit entitled “The Paradox of Liberty,” before sitting down at an interactive video exhibit on the iconic Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The actual counter, which is housed at a different Smithsonian museum, is a powerful symbol of the civil rights movement in the U.S. that sparked a youth-led movement of passive resistance and peaceful sit-ins and sit-downs in protest of racial inequality throughout the South, according to the museum.
The next stop on the tour was a room named the “Contemplative Court,” featuring a waterfall display and quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote displayed on the wall behind it: “We are determined …to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
The room also featured other famous quotes, including one from Nelson Mandela in 1991: “I cherish my own freedom dearly, but I care even more for your freedom.”
One of Trump’s former opponents, Sen. Marco Rubio, will join the First Couple in hosting a private dinner for the Netanyahus with help from his wife Jeanette. The Florida senator’s wife will no doubt add her own fashion flair to the occasion, having studied fashion design before going on to work as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader and bank teller.