Melania Trump's Inaugural Ball Gown Joins First Lady Collection at Smithsonian

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Melania Trump donated her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

The first ladies exhibition encourages visitors to the museum to consider the changing role played by the First Lady and American women over the past 200 years.

The information regarding the numbers and funding for the previous and current aides for Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Trump are in the White House's yearly report which was sent to Congress. Although there are additional staff members that could take Melania's employee total up to nine, it still would be much less than Michelle's entourage.

Trump unveiled the gown alongside the designer and members of the museum, adding that she had "a very precise idea of what I wanted for such a historic evening". "It was important for us not to follow any recipe for a 'First Lady gown'". However, both the Trump and Obama administrations have acknowledged that there are several staffers that work for the First Lady that are not included in official numbers. "She also wants to be mindful and responsible when it comes to taxpayer money".

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Her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, says the lean East Wing operations are a deliberate decision.

"She is more like a Pat Nixon or a Bess Truman than a Hillary Clinton or a Michelle Obama".

According to reports, Michelle might have needed more people because, as Fox News stated, she had "a more aggressive agenda and embracing initiatives like her Let's Move! child obesity campaign".

Michelle Obama's office did not return Fox News's request for comment.

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