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As of this morning, the First Lady of the United States’ sleeping arrangements inside the White House are being scrutinized for a second time within President Donald Trump’s first term. 

In early 2018, Newsweek broke controversial news regarding the president and first lady when covering the release of Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Newsweek quoted the author, who wrote, “Trump, in fact, found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary,” further writing, “He retreated to his own bedroom — the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms.”

However, Newsweek reported that “the president has dismissed the book as ‘really boring and untruthful’ and even attempted to block it from being published last week.”

Now almost two years later, first lady Melania Trump’s private sleeping arrangements within the White House are being highlighted once again by the press.

The Washington Examiner reported on a new tell-all book from CNN’s Kate Bennett, the author of “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography” that is set to be released on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

According to the Examiner, the new book highlights Melania’s sleeping arrangements to be had nightly on the third floor of the White House residence, a floor above where Trump spends his nights.

The Examiner also highlighted the president’s request for a lock on his bedroom door, where he sleeps “on the second level of the residence, while his wife stays in a two-room space that was occupied by Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, when they lived in the White House.”

Although the Newsweek article mentioned President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, sleeping in separate bedrooms, the Washington Examiner article nor CNN’s article by Kate Bennett highlighted the many other presidents that slept in their own quarters at night.

According to a recent article, Richard and Pat Nixon hardly shared a bedroom, William H. Taft slept on top of the White House roof in his “sleeping porch” and President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, didn’t sleep in the same bedroom, and largely lived separate lives.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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