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First lady Melania Trump to visit Wyoming this week
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First lady Melania Trump to visit Wyoming this week

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First Lady Melania Trump smiles after signing a guest book on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before ringing the opening bell in on Sept. 23 in New York. The first lady will visit Wyoming beginning Thursday.

First lady Melania Trump will be visiting Wyoming this week, the White House announced Tuesday morning.

Trump will fly into Jackson Hole for a two-day visit starting Thursday, visiting both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to promote her anti-bullying #BeBest campaign.

According to an itinerary provided by the White House, she will be joined by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. The trip will also feature visits with dozens of local fourth graders, as well as a stop with a Jackson-area Boy Scout troop in the Jackson Hole Town Square.

The announcement comes amid an open impeachment inquiry against her husband, President Donald Trump. The first lady has largely remained silent throughout the process, maintaining the low profile she has kept throughout her time in the White House.

Trump’s visit marks one of numerous visits from White House officials in the past year, a list that includes former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and former Small Business Administration Director Linda McMahon.

The Trump family is pretty high on Wyoming. Melania’s stepson Donald Jr. has already made numerous leisure trips to Wyoming, and her stepdaughter Ivanka has made several visits to Jackson Hole with husband Jared Kushner each of the last two summers. This included a GOP fundraiser back in August, which was attended by both Rep. Liz Cheney and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Wyoming is high on Trump as well; the president boasting his second-highest state-level approval rating in the Equality State. However, his support has slipped in recent months, falling from a high of 71 percent approval to 59 percent in August.

Meanwhile, his disapproval rating has creeped up from a low mark of 23 percent at the start of his presidency to an all-time high of 37 percent in August, according to polling data from the Morning Consult.

Follow politics reporter Nick Reynolds on Twitter @IAmNickReynolds

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Nick Reynolds covers state politics and policy. A native of Central New York, he has spent his career covering governments big and small, and several Congressional campaigns. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 2015.

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