Melania Trump will step in front of press cameras Wednesday

Sergio Conner
June 8, 2018

The White House announced on Sunday that Melania Trump will co-host an event with her husband for Gold Star families Monday night at the White House.

Aside from the reception on Monday, there have been few reported sightings of Mrs. Trump in the White House.

In December, the first lady returned to Texas, this time without the President, visiting Corpus Christi to unveil a FEMA trailer and bring Christmas gifts to a family whose home was lost to Hurricane Harvey. He showed her to a front-row seat across the aisle from Vice President Mike Pence before heading to the microphone.

Melania, 48, had not been spotted since May 10, when she joined the president in greeting three American hostages released by North Korea.

According to CNN White House reporter Jeff Zeleny who offered his account of the remarks, Trump mimicked the media asking, rhetorically, "Where's Melania?".

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.

The FEMA visit represents perhaps a new interest from the first lady in hurricane recovery efforts, as she did not attend this annual briefing with the President in 2017.

The first lady and president hosted a similar event this same time past year in honor of the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve America's freedom. She had not been seen publicly since undergoing a medical procedure in mid-May.

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The rumor mill has been working overtime in Melania's absence, speculating that she's moved out of the White House completely, or that her rumored body double is out of town.

Melania donned a black dress while walking into the East Room with President Trump.

While the First Lady's condition was "benign", it was serious.

"Mrs. Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts her family, and certainly her health above all else, and that won't change over a rabid press corps", Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, told Fox News.

"There are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time", Ms Grisham said of the first lady.

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

Her prolonged absence set off a flurry of controversy in the media. Has Melania resurfaced if no one actually sees her? "She's been involved in several internal meetings with staff all last week, and that continues this week", she said.

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