As soon as Donald Trump hinted at a 2024 re-election run, Melania Trump returned to the spotlight after months in hiatus. Here are 5 signs the former first lady is making a comeback with her husband by her side.

Melania Trump is ramping up her public appearances as husband Donald Trump teases a 2024 presidential run. Photos: @melaniatrump IG, AP

Donald Trump recently said that he will “probably” wait until next year to announce whether he intends on running in the 2024 US presidential elections. It may be no coincidence that now, suddenly, Melania Trump is increasing her public appearances and stepping back into the limelight.

Melania and Donald Trump look on during game four of the World Series, between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves, on October 30 in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Photo: Getty Images

Melania addresses the nation
Melania stepped back into her official shoes on Veterans Day and shared a tweet honouring American troops. “We pause to recognise the selfless men and women who have fearlessly protected our nation’s freedoms,” Melania posted on Twitter alongside a video of an American flag blowing in the wind. “They bravely answered the call to serve and have earned the respect that comes with defending our great flag.”

The post came more than a year after it emerged that her husband called Americans who had died in the war “suckers” and “losers”. It emerged soon before he lost his re-election bid.

Former US first lady Melania Trump was presented with the Spirit of Lincoln Award by the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) at their annual Spirit of Lincoln Gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. Photo: @melaniatrump/Twitter

Melania honoured for her achievements
Melania revealed in November that she was presented with the Spirit of Lincoln Award by the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), a Republican Party organisation which advocates for equal rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, at their annual gala hosted at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

She called it a “wonderful evening dedicated to celebrating our nation’s valued principles of equality and diversity for all” on Twitter.

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Melania Trump with former acting director of the United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell. Photo: Twitter

Melania also said thank you to “those who have exemplified a commitment to the LGBT community” and called the event a “beautiful evening celebrating unity”.

Melania the philanthropist
As first lady, Melania was criticised for not doing enough public charity work. However, she boasted about her own accomplishments via her Be Best initiative in a recent speech likely to raise more than a few eyebrows.

Melania Trump spoke at length about the Be Best initiative at a charity gala. Photo: Twitter

“Through Be Best, I amplified legislation and created awareness campaigns that elevated important issues such as foster care, sickle cell disease, social emotional learning techniques, and neonatal abstinence syndrome,” she told a gala audience.

“Be Best also encouraged individual action, like showing simple acts of kindness, providing care for someone in need, or teaching a life-enriching lesson. When we as adults practice these small deeds, we show our children the positive impact they have within our communities,” said the former US first lady.

Melania flaunts her fans
A year after Donald lost the election to Joe Biden, Melania retweeted a video of LGBTQ+ supporters gushing over her – originally posted by Log Cabin Republicans – although critics dubbed it “cringeworthy”.

Melania spoke directly to the community in a gala speech, saying: “You have proven how important this community is in American society – and I am so proud of you.”

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Melania continued: “I know at times the world feels like it is full of anger but I want you to stay true to yourself – live your most authentic life – and focus on being the best you can be.”

Melania Trump is back by Donald Trump’s side as he teases a 2024 run. Photo: Twitter

Melania’s back by Donald’s side
After their last day in office, Melania was pictured making a speedy getaway from Donald and the media as they boarded a plane to Florida, and until recently the last time she was seen in public was July. However, she broke her hiatus on October 30, branching out from her usual dinner appearances at their Mar-a-Lago estate to attend a baseball game with her husband.

Former first lady and president of the United States Melania and Donald Trump attended the World Series game between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on October 30. Photo: AFP

Melania and Donald attended the World Series baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros on October 30.

The pair raised eyebrows when they performed the “tomahawk chop” – a popular gesture among Braves fans, however Native Americans have denounced it as a racist insult to their culture and heritage.

Melania and Donald Trump do “the chop” at the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves World Series game on October 30. Photo: Getty Images

Just a few days later she accompanied him as he made a keynote speech at the America First Policy Institute fundraiser.

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