Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Melania Trump hasn't appeared in public for 19 days

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Charlie Simmons | 02 June, 2018, 03:34

Gossip has mounted in the 20 days since she was last seen, with President Donald Trump as he welcomed home three U.S. detainees from North Korea.

But the first lady apparently is doing OK, according to a tweet she posted Wednesday afternoon. Rest assured, I am here at the @WhiteHouse with my family, feeling great, and working hard on behalf of children and the American people!' she wrote.

She was last seen in person four days earlier as she and her husband welcomed home three Korean-American men who had been held by North Korea.

Trump is not obligated to publicly disclose her health or what she does with her time, but first ladies have often been public about such matters.

President Donald Trump arrives with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and chief of staff John Kelly, for the White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Washington.

The first lady's tweet practically read like a ransom note-esque splicing of the president's greatest hits.

"The corrupt Mainstream Media is working overtime not to mention the infiltration of people, Spies (Informants), into my campaign!" Or her kidney condition, which the White House said led to her being hospitalized in the first place, is more serious than had initially been reported.

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Media outlets like CNN and Newsweek are fueling that speculation with reports about her absence from the public eye.

Melania's communications director says she is doing "really well" and is engaged on internal meetings. "Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the First Lady".

"She was hospitalised for nearly a week and is now home and recovering. How does 1500 children go missing, and how is it no one has seen the First Lady of the United States in over 3 weeks?" asked tweeter Christopher Bouzy.

Melania Trump has also not been present for several other White House events that first ladies usually attend.

The first lady's office has not said when her next public event will be.

'Sadly, we deal with conspiracy theories all the time, so this is nothing new, just more silly nonsense, ' she apparently told Politico. But she reportedly didn't return to the White House until the following Saturday.

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