Melania Trump will not attend G7 or Singapore summits

Joann Johnston
June 5, 2018

First lady Melania Trump is expected to host a reception for Gold Star families alongside her husband on Monday, marking her first public appearance in weeks.

Although she didn't appear in public until Monday-and even then at an event that was not teeming with press-the first lady did tweet about the rumors surrounding her absence, dismissing them and reassuring people that she would be back soon.

A reporter for the U.S. website the Daily Caller also tweeted footage of Mrs Trump's arrival at the event for Gold Star families - parents of slain soldiers - hosted by the Trump administration.

Mrs Trump made her global debut as first lady at last year's G7 summit in Italy, and went on to attend the G20 in Germany. She did not deliver remarks at the event, which was closed to the press, though she did release a statement.

"To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you", her statement read.

A campaign asking "where is Melania?" began on Twitter, with many chiming in with concerns about the mother-of-one to Barron Trump, 12. She'd recently spent several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after undergoing a surgical procedure for what a spokeswoman described as a benign kidney condition.

The White House has declined to offer details about her health, aside to say that she was recovering.

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Four days later, the White House announced that she had been hospitalized to treat a kidney condition described only as benign. Her absence will mark 22 straight days without a public appearance by the first lady following a recent hospitalization .

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Melania did attend last year's G7 summit in Italy and the G20 summit in Hamburg last July, but spent the first day of the latter gathering in her hotel suite due to violent protests.

And she was not seen Friday boarding the helicopter that shuttled the president, Donald Trump Jr, and daughters Ivanka and Tiffany to Camp David for a weekend retreat.

A tweet from the First Lady's official Twitter account appears to put the claims to bed, though.

She sent early signals that she will not bow to speculation or public expectations about what she should be doing.

Before the reception, amid ongoing memes and questions about her boss, Ms Grisham said the "nonsense" was fuelled by the media.

It's still unclear when the first lady will make an appearance in public.

The President also talked about the strong economy during the event, the person inside the room said.

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