After 24 Days Out Of Sight, Melania Trump Finally Appears

Yolanda Curtis
June 5, 2018

The first lady was joining the president at a White House reception Monday evening for Gold Star families.

Video posted on Twitter showed the first lady, who wore a black sleeveless dress, strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Donald Trump.

FLOTUS was seated in the front row while Trump spoke to the crowd, cracking wise about the speculation regarding Melania's absence from the public eye, joking that she could not possibly have left her husband given that she was definitely sitting in the front row, right there, no need to turn around and face anyone. The first lady said in a written statement after last June's event that these families "are a unique and distinct category of individuals who should be cherished".

However, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump says the US first lady won't attend the G7 leaders' summit in Charlevoix, Que., which starts Friday.

The first lady hasn't made a public appearance since May 14, when she underwent a successful procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

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Melania was last seen on May 10 when she stood by the President and welcomed home three American detainees from North Korea. This news initially raised questions about whether Melania Trump would remain out of public view going on four weeks.

The First Lady's spokeswoman issued a statement last week saying "she was hospitalized for nearly a week and is now home and recovering".

Nancy Reagan spent several weeks out of public view after a mastectomy, but continued to meet with staff and do other work behind the scenes.

It will be Mrs. Trump's first official engagement in weeks, though the event is private and closed to news media coverage.

"Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out", Grisham added.

We'll have to wait until tonight to hear if she really shows up.

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"The First Lady returned home to the White House this morning". Until Monday, May 10 was the last time the first lady had been seen publicly.

Melania did attend last year's G7 summit in Italy and the G20 summit in Hamburg last July, but spent the first day of the latter gathering in her hotel suite due to violent protests.

The first lady's absence is providing fodder to Trump critics and online conspiracy theorists.

"Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!" she wrote.

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