Where was Melania Trump? First lady breaks with tradition while White House hosts Japanese prime minister and wife

Donald Trump's administration has already made it a habit to break with tradition. The president didn't wave upon boarding Air Force One for the first time. His team fired the 60-year voice of the Inauguration Day parade.

Now, Melania Trump's role as first lady is starting to chart its own course. It's already been reported that the former Slovenian model will not be living in the White House, at least while her and the president's 10-year-old son Barron finishes school.

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PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 03: U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his wife Melania Trump on the tarmac after he arrived on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport for a visit to his Mar-a-Lago Resort for the weekend on February 3, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. President Donald Trump is on his his first visit to Palm Beach since his inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and wife Melania make their way across the tarmac to greet well-wishers upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 03: U.S. President Donald Trump walks with his wife Melania Trump on the tarmac after he arrived on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport for a visit to his Mar-a-Lago Resort for the weekend on February 3, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. President Donald Trump is on his his first visit to Palm Beach since his inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on February 4, 2017. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on February 4, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on February 4, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on February 4, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch the Palm Beach Central High School marching band perform as it greets them upon arrival to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump chats with First Lady Melania Trump while watching the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch the Palm Beach Central High School marching band perform as it greets them upon arrival to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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But recently the first lady broke another tradition during a visit from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe.

Traditionally, it's the role of the first lady to accompany spouses from foreign nations when they visit the United States. But on Friday first lady Abe was flying solo as she toured Washington.

While Mrs. Trump was on hand to meet the Japanese first lady early in the morning, she was not present for the two pre-scheduled stops later in the day at the Japanese first lady visited Gallaudet University and the National Cherry Blossom Festival committee meeting at the Japanese embassy.

In true Trump fashion, the first lady's absence on Friday differs from previous administrations.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference in the East Room with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe at the White House in Washington, DC Friday February 10, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 10: President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump walk down the stairs as they arrive with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The two are scheduled to get in a game of golf as well as discuss trade issues. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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First lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Abe received cheers from students when they visited Great Falls, Virginia, elementary school together in 2015. The pair later met for a State Dinner to honor Abe's trip to Washington.

During George W. Bush's presidency in 2007, then first lady Laura Bush accompanied Mrs. Abe on solo tour of Mount Vernon.

However, on Friday only staffers joined the Japanese first later as she made her stops around Washington.

Shortly after reports emerged on the first lady's absence Mrs. Trump's office released a statement on her whereabouts.

"The First Lady was very much looking forward to welcoming Mrs. Abe to the White House upon her arrival in Washington; however, she was informed that Mrs. Abe had previous commitments during her stay in DC," the statement said.

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Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during Grand Opening of 'W' New York Hotel at W Hotel - NYC in New York City, New York, United States.

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This picture provided by courtesy of Nena Bedek and taken in 1977 in Radenci, northeastern Slovenia, shows Slovenian-American former model and Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs)(2nd R) as a child, together with Nena Bedek (R), attending a fashion review of Jutranjka, the textile company where her mother used to work. Because of Melania Trump's husband success so far in the Republican race for the White House candidacy, foreign journalists and tourists have become a frequent sight in her birth region, set in rolling hills 60 miles from the capital Ljubljana.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the premiere of 'Celebrity' on September 25, 1998 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Melania Knauss (Concord Model) At The Launch Of Concords' New Advertising Campaign. There Is Also An Auctin To Benefit Amfar.

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Melania Knauss Trump attends 27th Annual Fragrance Foundation Fifi Awards on June 7, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss are joined by Trump's former wife, Ivana, and her boyfriend, Roffredo Gaetaniat a party at Cipriani's on Park Ave. for the benefit of Rockefeller University.

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Melania Knauss Trump attends 37th Annual Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue Preview Party on February 22, 2000 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

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Donald Trump and girlfriend Melania Knauss are joined by a couple of Playboy Bunnies at a launch party for the Hugo Boss store at Fifth Ave. and 56th St.

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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss are shown in this 03 September 2002 file photo, as they watch Andy Roddick of the US play Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina at the US Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadows, New York.

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Melania Knauss attends the private party hosted by Donald Trump's T Management for legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland at Ian Schrager's Hudson Sky Terrace September 17, 2003 in New York.

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Real estate magnate Donald Trump and Melania leave Hollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003. Hollinger publishes The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers.

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Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005.

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Melania Trump attends the J Mendel Spring Collections 2007 show during New York fashion week September 14, 2006.

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Donald Trump, entrepreneur and host of the television reality series "The Apprentice", poses with his wife and children Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, Melania and daughter Ivanka at the party following the live telecast of the finale of season five in Los Angeles, California June 5, 2006.

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Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump and son Baron attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

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Melania Trump during Celebs Toast to the New Trump Super Premium Vodka at TrumpTower in New York, New York, United States.

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Melania Trump and Andre Leon Talley attend ANDRE LEON TALLEY and RACHEL ROY Present Her Spring 2007 Collection at Bergdorf Goodman on October 11, 2006 in New York City.

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Melania Trump attends Michael Kors Fall 2007 Collection at The Tent on February 7, 2007 in New York City.

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Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump inside Madonna and Gucci Host 'A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF' at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City.

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Melania Trump, wearing Vera Wang, arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" in New York May 5, 2008.

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Melania Trump and her son Barron attend the 17th Annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwarz March 11, 2008 in New York City.

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Melania Trump arrives at 'The Celebrity Apprentice' viewing party at Tenjune on February 7, 2008 in New York City.

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Donald Trump, Jr., Barron Trump, Ivanka Trump, Melania Trump-Trump and Eric Trump attend the 'The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life' book launch celebration at Trump Tower on October 14, 2009 in New York City.

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania pose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion," in New York, May 4, 2009.

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Melania Knauss, wife of Donald Trump, arrives at her seat in the stands to watch an evening match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 8, 2010.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend the Michael Kors Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at TheTent at Bryant Park on February 17, 2010 in New York, New York.

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Melania Trump attends The Black Eyed Peas launch the Samsung 3D LED TV at the Time Warner Center on March 10, 2010 in New York City.

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Melania Trump attends the Philadelphia Style Magazine holiday issue release party at 10 Arts Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton on December 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Producer Brian Grazer, Donald Trump, Director Brett Ratner, Melania Trump and Sean 'Diddy' Combs attend the world premiere of 'Tower Heist' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on October 24, 2011 in New York City.

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend Lady in Red Gala to benefit The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial at The Mar-a-Largo Club on December 2, 2011 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Melania Trump attend the 2012 Operation Smile Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 3, 2012 in New York City.

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Dr. Richard Ash, DuJour Media Founder Jason Binn, Goldie Hawn, Melania Trump and Donald Trump pose circa September 2013 in New York City.

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Donald Trump, Melania Trump and son Barron Trump attend Trump Invitational Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago on January 6, 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Melania Trump, the wife of real estate developer Donald Trump, attends a news conference in New York May 1, 2014. New Jersey's Trump National Golf Club, a course owned by Trump, will host the 2022 PGA Championship.

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Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend The New York Ball: The 20th Anniversary Benefit For The European School Of Economics at Trump Tower on November 19, 2014 in New York City.

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, smiles as she leaves the stage after the conclusion of the third and final debate between her husband and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump attends a campaign event in Washington, DC, U.S., October 26 2016.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump casts his ballot on election day with his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka at PS 59 in Manhattan on Tuesday November 8, 2016.

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Melania Trump and Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence watch the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a 'rigged' US election.

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Republican nominee Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump walks away after the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016.

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"They will all be together for the weekend at Mar-a-Lago and have a full itinerary."

President Trump also tweeted early on Saturday about plans to host the first family of Japan. "Melania and I are hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs. Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. They are a wonderful couple!"

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