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Melania Trump, Unlike Michelle Obama, Won’t Campaign With President Ahead of Midterm Elections

First lady Melania Trump is breaking with the tradition of some of her predecessors in deciding she will not hit the campaign trail ahead of the November midterm elections.

“Due to her schedule as a mother and First Lady, especially with the holidays coming up, there are no plans for her to campaign at this time,” Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Newsweek in an email Thursday.

When asked to elaborate on the first lady’s schedule through the November 6 midterms, Grisham responded: “We don’t share her schedule until it is appropriate.” Grisham also wrote: “She has been working on Christmas plans for the White House since June.”

10_25_18_MelaniaMidterms President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for an event on a year of progress and action to combat the opioid crisis, in the East Room of the White House on October 24. The first lady does not plan to campaign ahead of the November midterm elections. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s plan to stay out of rallies for the Republican Party, which hopes to maintain control of both houses of Congress, marks a departure from first ladies past, including Michelle Obama and Laura Bush.

President Barack Obama’s wife in mid-October 2010 was not keen on hitting the campaign trail but at Democrats’ beckoning, agreed to visit mostly blue states to motivate the Democratic base.

“I think that many of us came into this expecting to see all the change we talked about happen all at once, right away, the minute Barack walked through the Oval Office door,” Michelle Obama said in Milwaukee. “But the truth is, it’s going to take longer to dig ourselves out of this hole than any of us would like.”

Ultimately, the first lady's efforts proved insufficient, with Democrats suffering crushing loses in the elections.

Ahead of the next midterm elections in 2014, Michelle Obama again stumped for Democrats in states including Michigan, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida. Even as the former first lady, Michelle Obama last month hosted the first of a series of events aimed at encouraging people to go to the polls for the midterms.

President George W. Bush’s wife Laura also hit the campaign trail for Republicans ahead of the midterms in both 2002 and 2006.

While Melania Trump takes a back seat ahead of this November's crucial elections, her husband President Donald Trump has ramped up his campaign schedule. On Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced that the president would hold at least 10 more rallies and spend an additional $6 million on advertising in an effort to preserve GOP majorities in Congress.

Donald Trump by November 6 will have held more than 30 rallies in the five weeks leading up to the midterm elections, according to USA Today, which is more than recent past presidents.

Melania Trump has missed other political events to spend time with their 12-year-old son, Barron Trump.