Melania Trump donned a sleek black dress to accompany her husband, President Donald Trump, to Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday for the final presidential debate after recovering from her lingering COVID-19 symptoms.
The couple put on an affectionate display as they held hands and smiled while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House ahead of the event held at the Curb Event Center.
Melania, who has yet to hit the campaign trail following her speech at the Republican National Convention, cut a stylish figure in her sleeveless Christian Dior frock, which she paired with a slim black belt that cinched her waist.
The 50-year-old First Lady paired the minimalist midi frock with class black pumps and a pair of oversized black sunglasses.
Melania and President Trump held hands as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House with smiles on their faces.
They were still holding hands when they stepped off Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and walked across the tarmac to board Air Force One.
The trip was the first time Melania has been out publicly since she was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month - just after the last time her husband met Joe Biden in debate.
Trump and Joe Biden meet face-to-face at a distance Thursday in their final match-up in an already angry contest that the president has threatened to blow up even further by launching a series of attacks on the former vice president's son.
The smiling couple put on an affectionate display as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House
It is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a 'virtual' format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.
Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is 'shot' by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward.
Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of 'corruption' just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter's laptop.
Trump complained when town hall interviewer George Stephanopoulos didn't bring up Hunter during his TV talk with Biden last week.
New changes imposed by the bipartisan debate commission will silence the opposite candidate's microphone during opening statements, after widespread denunciations of the first encounter. But they will each be free to interject later in the debate.
The president's combative stance was on display with an interview he taped with CBS '60 Minutes' Sunday, where he complained to interviewer Lesley Stahl after she asked if he was ready for 'tough questions.'
'But you're okay with some tough questions?' she asked him.
'No I'm not,' he replied.
Trump has used prior debates for theater, following 2016 rival around the stage in 2016. Clinton said he 'literally stalked me.' Trump's team also brought former Bill Clinton rape and sexual assault accusers to the debate in a play to get inside his opponents' head.
This time, Trump says he'll bring up Hunter Biden, after days of disclosures from Hunter Biden's laptop.
Biden sent a signal of his own – blowing up at a reporter who asked him about the subject several days ago. On Wednesday, he teed off when a local Wisconsin reporter asked him about it in a TV interview. ''This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump's henchman, it's a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,' Biden said.