"When Melania Trump speaks with her own independent voice, the public rallies to her side," said an expert on first ladies, Lauren Wright. "And when her remarks start to sound politicized or more like the party line, support for her wanes."
"If you would have see what we had to go through in the darkened plane with all window closed with no light anywhere," Trump said. "Pitch black."
"At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about," Trump tweeted.
The Slovenian-born former model's social media following has ballooned since she moved to Washington.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham fought back against the media on Fox News.
Melania Trump "seems to be, as many people noted, adopting all of the West Wing Trump aggressive language," author Lauren Wright said.
"I protect him and I want to give him as normal a life as possible," first lady Melania Trump said of her son, Barron.
The first lady's approval rating dropped 11 percentage points in a couple of months.
Before boarding the aircraft carrier, the first lady said she and the president "continue to keep" the late Bush Sr.'s "family in our thoughts and prayers."
Jeb Bush was a favorite for the Republican nomination before Donald Trump won it and the presidential election.
Ivanka Trump slipped five spots from Forbes' ranking last year.
The president has been mocked online for saluting the casket in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Florist Vickie Wenstrup called the social media response "horrible."
The remark by the first lady, who has faced criticism for her "Be Best" initiative to fight cyberbullying, drew cheers from students at a Christian university in Virginia.
"Melania's Christmas decorations look like they're straight out of the Shining," a Twitter user wrote.
The White House's Christmas theme this year is "American Treasures."
Former deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel reportedly turned the offer down.
Lemon asked, "Why is this relevant right now?"
"I remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children," the first lady said.
Ricardel was removed from her position in Melania Trump's office on Wednesday.
In an unusual move, the first lady has publicly called for one of the president's top national security aides to be fired.
"She's doing fantastically, really good. She's doing a great job," Trump said of his wife in a Fox News sit-down interview.
Melania Trump won't campaign "due to her schedule as a mother and First Lady," her spokeswoman said.
"Yes I was naked, but I've been naked before," Melania Trump impersonator Melanie Marden says in her new Instagram video.
The first lady will still be traveling to Philadelphia today.