Melania Trump Returns to the Spotlight After 24-Day Absence

Melania Trump Returns to the Spotlight After 24-Day Absence

Melania Trump Returns to the Spotlight After 24-Day Absence

She's not scheduled to accompany Trump to an annual world leaders' summit in Canada this weekend, or when he meets with North Korea's leader in Singapore next week.

It's been nearly a month since Melania Trump has been seen in public and weeks since she reportedly underwent surgery for what was described as a "benign kidney condition".

Interested in Melania Trump? As you might expect, she is dressed in black and sitting in the front row next to her husband. Hopefully, we'll know after tonight.

While the simplest reason for Melania's prolonged absence from the spotlight is her recent operation, the internet has been ablaze with more outlandish rationales. According to CNN, Trump made a joke about Melania's prolonged absence, saying that the media were speculating the first lady had left him.

The tweet sparked a conspiracy theory that Trump himself may have written Melania's message, given that "working overtime" is a favorite phrase of the president when he tweets about the press. Correct. Congratulations, genius. All theories thus far are tangents of the same, overarching theory, that Melania Trump is not who - or where - the White House says she is.

A spokesperson later confirmed to Newsweek in an email last Friday that Melania was "doing great", despite the fact that she had not been seen since going into hospital, while her spokesperson confirmed she would not be joining her husband on two upcoming foreign trips, ABC News reported.

Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the first lady.

Monday night's event marked the first time Melania Trump was seen in public since early May.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau welcomes United States first lady Melania Trump prior to the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Such a weeks-long disappearance by a modern-day first lady is indeed rare, said Ohio University history professor Katherine Jellison, an expert on president's wives. Such families have loved ones who were killed during military service.

Luckily for everyone, FLOTUS posted photos from the Gold Star event, where you can absolutely see her face if you squint quite a bit.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told the Times on Monday that it was "pretty typical" for people to avoid travel after undergoing medical procedures.

"Mrs. Trump is very strong and independent", Grisham said. "She's assured in what she is doing and in her function, and is aware of the remaining is simply hypothesis and nonsense".

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