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Why Melania Trump was absent from family Christmas card

Melania Trump was absent from her family’s festive Christmas card because she’s been taking care of her ailing mother, Page Six has learned.

A source close to the Trumps tells us that the former first lady’s mom, Amalija Knavs, has been very sick in the hospital and Melania was by her side instead of at the party where the image was snapped.

“Melania has always been very devoted to her entire family,” a source close to Melania Trump elaborated to Fox News Digital.

“It should be no surprise that she spent this Christmas with her ailing mother.” 

A rep for the Trump family didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée, Kimberly Guilfoyle, shared the image in question, which was taken at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., to her Instagram Story Tuesday.

The reason for Melania Trump’s absence from the family Christmas photo has been revealed. AFP via Getty Images
Melania’s mother (left) has been in the hospital and the former first lady has been caring for her. Getty Images
Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée, Kimberly Guilfoyle, shared the headline-making snap on Instagram Tuesday. Kimberly Guilfoyle/Instagram

The picture includes Trump Jr., Donald Trump, Guilfoyle, Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, husband Jared Kushner and their kids, Tiffany Trump and husband Michael Boulos.

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Looking all grown up, 17-year-old Barron can be seen towering in front of the Christmas tree and behind his father.

Earlier this week, Page Six exclusively reported that Melania, 53, would be increasing her public appearances to support her 77-year-old husband, who aims to be re-elected as president.

Page Six recently reported that Melania will be stepping up her public appearances to support her husband’s re-election bid. Getty Images

“Trump and his family are so secure that he will become president again that insiders at Mar-a-Lago say he’s reached an agreement with Melania to step up top-tier diplomatic appearances in 2024,” a source told us.

“Melania realizes it’s her time to join the ranks of historic first ladies and leave her mark on history … She feels better prepared for her potential role the second time around,” our source added, noting that Donald’s immediate family are “solidly behind” his bid for the Oval Office.

Melania recently made an appearance at Rosalynn Carter’s funeral as well as at a citizens’ naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.