First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, is expected to take Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe, to a fabulously gilded Palm Beach mansion on Wednesday — and we’re not talking about Mar-a-Lago.
Just a few miles north of the Trump’s “Winter White House” is the grandfather of all Palm Beach mansions, Whitehall. The spectacular 100,000 square-foot dwelling was crafted as a wedding present and gifted to Mary Lily Kenan Flagler by her oil and railroad tycoon husband, Henry Flagler.
The 75-room neoclassical Beaux Arts estate is adorned in marble and all things opulent. Once the Flaglers’ winter retreat, Whitehall is now a Palm Beach museum, open to the public.
According to their website, when it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.”
The two first ladies are expected to visit the museum on Wednesday as their husbands meet at Mar-a-Lago to concentrate discussions on bilateral trade relationship between the U.S. and Japan and focus on Trump’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, visited the Trumps in Palm Beach last year. During that trip, Mrs. Trump escorted Japan’s First Lady to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray Beach. The Japanese prime minister played golf at Trump’s club in Jupiter during their February 2017 stay.
Perhaps more notably, during that same visit, Kim Jong Un tested a ballistic missile.
The Abe’s will leave South Florida later on Wednesday. The Trumps are anticipated to remain in Palm Beach through Sunday.