Where's Melania Trump? First lady not seen in public for three weeks

Posted May 31, 2018

First lady Melania Trump has been noticeably absent from the public eye since she underwent a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition -and rumors have been swirling in regards to her whereabouts.

Per Politico, the first lady considers the myriad health inquiries she has received nosiness, not concern, and has no problem going dark in a media landscape she finds overwhelming to begin with.

The Huffington Post pointed out that the phrases "working overtime", "speculating", "working hard" and "on behalf of the American people" feature frequently in the president's tweets.

Mrs Trump was last seen in public in the wee hours of May 10 when she joined President Donald Trump to welcome home three Americans released from detention in North Korea.

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Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told Business Insider on Wednesday that the first lady "is doing great" despite her relatively long absence from the spotlight.

However, she was spotted around the White House as recently as Tuesday afternoon.

Still, it looks like a lot of Twitter users are just refusing to believe she is alright.

But her five-day hospital stay for what was described as relatively minor surgery did little to stop tongues wagging.

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Trump may yet appear publicly over the next few days and she has remained occupied figuring out details for two White House events coming up on the calendar: the annual Congressional Picnic in June and July 4 events.

She did not appear to be at the window, intensifying speculation.

Her absence led some to speculate and draft conspiracy theories about the first lady.

But her tweet Wednesday failed to dispel the rumours, with other Twitter users sceptical as to whether she had written it herself or whether an aide or her husband US President Donald Trump had. In the White House, of course.

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Still, suspicion was stirred on social media. Some doctors familiar with the procedure but not involved in her care said people treated with embolization typically are sent home the same day or the next. He said, "She's doing great. She has had several meetings internally with staff and will continue to do so this week".