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Melania Trump makes appearance after 24 days out of public sight

Melania Trump makes appearance after 24 days out of public sight

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

"Did she leave him?" the President asked at one point, before pointing out that Melania Trump was, in fact, sitting in the front row.

"She looked lovely", said retired Sgt. 1st Class Diana Pike. "She just looked so lovely".

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", she wrote.

The closest first lady parallel to Mrs. Trump's time out of the public spotlight is Bess Truman, who did few events as first lady because of discomfort around the media, said Anita McBride, a veteran of three Republican administrations who last served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush. Four days later, the White House announced she had been hospitalized to treat a benign kidney condition.

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

"Without greater detail about her "benign" condition, the public imagination is running wild", Jellison said.

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CNN reporter Brian Stelter falsely claimed over the weekend that the first lady has been "invisible" and did not correct a guest who said she had "disappeared". Her security guards didn't feel it was safe for her to go out.

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

Since her surgery, Melania has stayed out of the public eye, which fueled a variety of theories as to the real reason why she hasn't been seen. And it is unclear what work has been done on the First Lady's new "Be Best" campaign to raise awareness for children's issues in recent weeks.

CNN and several other mainstream media outlets had been painting the first lady as "missing in action", even though several observers pointed out that the first lady was spotted in the West Wing as recently as May 29.

On Sunday, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed that Melania will not accompany the president to the G-7 summit in Canada, nor to planned North Korea nuclear talks in Singapore.

Jean Harris, a politics professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, says skipping Singapore makes some sense because there is no clear social role for a spouse amid the tensions of that meeting.


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