U.S. first lady Melania Trump to skip G7, North Korea summit

FLOTUS has not been seen in the public eye since May 10th, after undergoing what President Donald Trump's people have been calling a "medical procedure" to address a "benign kidney issue", an issue which the President has referred to as "a little thing".

Her recent schedule has seen a noticeable shift from the weeks prior to the surgery, when she engaged in several high-profile events.

The rumors surrounding her absence ranged from suggestions she had plastic surgery to speculation that she moved out of the White House and back to NY.

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

The Trump Administration being the Trump Administration, however, nothing can ever be easy, transparent or straightforward, and every attempt they make to talk about where Melania just seems to make the "mystery" seem shadier. "Thank you to the Gold Star families that joined us in celebration & remembrance", she wrote. The U.S. first lady, 48, has not been seen in public since May 10 when she and the president welcomed home three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea.

"We've been going over her initiatives and other long-term planning for events such as the congressional picnic and 4th of July", Grisham said. Hopefully, we'll know after tonight.

Did they miss the part where the first lady spent five days in the hospital?

Comedian Sarah Silverman retweeted the first lady's post, adding: "Who is this? where's Melania?".

In essence, she removed herself from public life for almost four whole weeks, making her absence unusual even for the notoriously private person.

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump on Monday slammed a "rabid press corps" for the wanton speculation about her condition and whereabouts.

Grisham said the Gold Star families' event was important to Mrs. Trump and had been on her calendar for some time.

As Monday's event has made clear, however, rumours of the first lady's death have been greatly exaggerated. The New York Times spoke to a number of kidney specialists who confirmed that the week-long stay was "unusual" - but the paper clarified that it was likely due to her position as First Lady.

"Mrs. Trump is very strong and independent", Grisham said.

  • Rogelio Becker