Friday, 17 August, 2018

'Missing' Melania Trump Briefly Surfaces To Attend White House Event

Alex Brandon  AP Alex Brandon AP
Faye Gross | 08 June, 2018, 05:18

The late-night funnyman's quips, however, came on the same day that Mrs. Trump was seen sitting next to her husband President Donald Trump during a solemn White House ceremony in which Gold Star Families were honored.

On Sunday, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that Melania will not accompany the president to the G7 summit in Canada, nor to planned North Korea nuclear talks in Singapore.

But her Monday appearance at the White House appears to have put many of those rumors to rest. But with speculation about her whereabouts at a fever pitch, the first lady is poised to return to the spotlight - sort of.

Mrs Trump hasn't been seen in public since May 10, when she and the President welcomed home three Americans released by North Korea.

Melania spent almost a week in hospital in May for what her office called a benign kidney problem but has not been seen publicly since May 10 and stayed home while the president travelled to Camp David over the weekend.

The event, which will take place this afternoon at the White House, will be closed to the press. Thank you to those who joined us this evening and to the men and women now serving overseas and to their families, thank you for your service. A reporter said last week that he caught a glimpse of Mrs. Trump walking with her aides through the West Wing.

It was the first time she has been seen since undergoing kidney surgery on May 14.

On May 7, the first lady unveiled her "Be Best" campaign, a slate of policy initiatives focused on the well-being of children.

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Parents will be able to set limits for time their children set in apps, and get detailed reports regarding which apps are used. Rather, they were shown to let software developers start building apps to make iPhones and other Apple devices more useful.


"She's doing great - just has other meetings", Grisham said when asked whether the first lady might attend Tuesday's event.

She said he joked about the media's speculation regarding the first lady's recent absence and "laughed off" rumors of them breaking up.

Jamil Smith, a senior writer for Rolling Stone magazine, led the charge over the weekend, saying he "suspects" the First Lady's absence could be the result of "concealing abuse".

What's more, several conspiracy theories surfaced last week when Melania made her first social media announcement in a while.

She sent early signals that she will not bow to speculation or public expectations about what she should be doing.

Melania and Gregoire Trudeau also participated in the meeting between their husbands at the White House last October.

"I wish that I didn't suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse", Smith tweeted.

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