Monday night Melania surfaced, though the press was shut out, as she attended a reception paying tribute to Gold Star families at the White House.
First lady Melania Trump will not be accompanying the president to the G7 summit in Canada this week or to his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, her communications director confirmed Sunday.
Images uploaded to Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump. Yet four days later, on May 14, the first lady's office released the news that Trump had been admitted to Walter Reed Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, for what her spokeswoman described as a medical procedure for a benign kidney condition.
Whereas Mrs. Trump did attend a personal White Home occasion on Monday honoring Gold Star households, Wednesday's occasion would be the first occasion since her hospitalization the place press protection is anticipated.
"To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you", her statement read.
Nevertheless, CNN's "Reliable Sources" newsletter on Monday led with a giant graphic of a calendar, placing question marks on each date since Mrs. Trump was "last seen" on May 10.
She went quiet in March as a media storm raged about revelations that her husband's lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election to keep silent over her alleged affair with Trump years earlier.
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Even with some supposed evidence that Melania had not disappeared off the face of the Earth, however, many people were not convinced that the first lady was being wholly truthful about why she wasn't keeping up with her usual number of media appearances.
"She will not attend the G7 and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time", Grisham told AP.
Last week, Mrs. Trump attempted to quash rumors of her activity by claiming she was still recovering at home in the White House, while also attacking the media for "working overtime" with their speculation.
And so we must ask, in the words of Melania Trump herself: What is she thinking?
@realDonaldTrump jokes about the rumors surrounding @FLOTUS's lengthy absence from public view.
Her absence has sparked all kinds of wild speculation but the first lady has shown no interest in making an appearance just to knock down rumours.
Trump joked about all the speculation that his wife had supposedly left him, but said she was doing fine, Pike said. "She's been involved in several internal meetings with staff all last week, and that continues this week", she said.