Melania Trump is squashing conspiracy theories that have swirled in the three weeks that she’s been absent from the public eye.
“I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing,” Trump, 48, tweeted Wednesday. “Rest assured, I’m here at the @Whitehouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”
I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing. Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 30, 2018
Trump hasn’t been seen in public since May 10 in Maryland, when she and the president welcomed home three American detainees from their captivity in North Korea. Four days later, she underwent an embolization procedure for a benign kidney condition, spending that week recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Still, Trump hasn’t been completely absent — in a now-deleted May 19 tweet, President Trump wrote that his wife “Melanie” was doing “really well” and had returned home. On Tuesday, a White House representative told NBC News, “She has had several meetings … and will continue to do so this week. We are focusing on her initiatives, and also some longer-term planning for events.” And Melania Trump’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told CNN that all the public speculation was “just more silly nonsense.”
Plus, Trump herself has been active on Twitter — praising the hospital, thanking a Navy SEAL who received the Medal of Honor at the White House, acknowledging the victims of the deadly Santa Fe school shooting, and noting Memorial Day.
Still, suspicion was stirred on social media. Some wondered whether the first lady had been hospitalized in the first place, due to procedure logistics that typically allow patients to return home that same day. Many were convinced that Trump had moved back to New York City to prep for divorce after long-time rumors of a split, fueled by the first lady’s seemingly cold body language toward her husband. And some chalked up her absence as another example of her private tendencies.
On Friday, the president told White House reporters of his wife, “She’s doing great. Right there,” while gesturing toward a White House window. “She’s doing great. She’s looking at us, right there.”
However, there was no one at the window.
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