On January 22nd 2005 Donald Trump and Melania Trump tied the knot, marrying in Florida’s Palm Beach with 350 of their closest friends.
In the intervening 13 years since the couple’s nuptials at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, their lives have changed almost beyond recognition. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania might not count some of the esteemed guests in attendance as allies any longer.
It is safe to say Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, probably didn’t send an anniversary card. Trump and Clinton’s race to the White House was one of the bloodiest in living memory. Trump made calls to lock Clinton up a central theme of his campaign rallies, giving her the moniker “Crooked Hillary.”
Also toasting the happy couple 13 years ago were media figures such as Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Kelly Ripa, the Miami Herald reported.
Both in his campaign for the White House and since taking office, Trump has had one of the most antagonistic relationships with the media of any president.
He can hardly be said to have a warm relationship with Couric, who has worked as a host for NBC, CBS and ABC after beginning her career at CNN. In June 2016 Trump tweeted that Couric was a “third rate reporter, who has largely been forgotten, should be ashamed for herself.”
The president has also taken shots at his former wedding guest Matt Lauer. After Lauer's contract was terminated by NBC following allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour in November 2017, Trump tweeted: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News?”
The president appears to have provoked mixed reactions from the celebrity guests at his wedding. During the 2016 presidential race British talent contest judge Simon Cowell suggested Trump as the Republican nominee could perform on his show, People magazine reported.
The singer Billy Joel has been critical of Trump, despite attending his wedding. He reportedly voted for Clinton and told the New York Daily News he would not perform at Trump’s inauguration. “I don’t want to be anywhere near that place,” he was quoted as saying.
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