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She traveled with her guests to the Capitol, instead of with the president.

An unexpected side drama played out during President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

First lady Melania Trump traveled without her husband to the Capitol for the event, a break with tradition, CNN reported. Melania chose to commute with the guests she and the president had invited to the speech. She and second lady Karen Pence hosted “a more intimate meet-and-greet” with those guests ahead of the State of the Union, the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.

I will be joined tonight by an honorable group of Americans. Sitting with me are heroes who have served our nation in times of need, families who have suffered at the hands of evil, and citizens who have embraced the American dream. #SOTU

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 30, 2018

Yet Melania’s decision to travel separately is getting an unusual amount of attention because the first lady has avoided public appearances since a January 12 Wall Street Journal report that during the 2016 campaign, Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had paid $130,00 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter between her and Trump in 2006.

Daniels has said the affair took place less than four months after Melania gave birth to the couple’s son Barron. (She has since denied the encounter with Trump.)

Melania hasn’t just stayed out of the public eye in recent weeks — she also dropped her plans to accompany the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Instead, she made an impromptu trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and then headed Read More Here