Melania Trump's attempt to quash speculation over public absence dramatically backfires

02 June, 2018, 03:35 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Donald Trump Malcolm Jenkins

First Lady Melania Trump has not been seen in public since undergoing a medical procedure to treat what the White House has said was a "benign kidney condition".

She was hospitalised on the 14th May and spent following the five days in hospital, recovering from a kidney operation.

'Who are you and what have you done with Melanie?!' another joked.

In her absence, others have stepped in to perform the duties that traditionally fall to the president's spouse.

He tweeted, "Not that this will deter the conspiracy theorists, but I saw the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon". Rest assured, I am here at the @WhiteHouse with my family, feeling great, and working hard on behalf of children and the American people!' she wrote.

'There's no guidebook to being first lady.

Spokesperson Stephanie Grisham binned those rumours wholesale, telling Politico "we deal with conspiracy theories all the time", and reiterating that "she was hospitalized for nearly a week and is now home and recovering".

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The fact that the first lady has barely been seen throughout May has been a hot topic of conversation on social media.

The first lady, still an enigma in Washington a year after her arrival at the White House, is the capital's media mystery du jour, with the burning question: Where is Melania?

The White House is promoting the goals of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition on Wednesday and will hold a field day with the president on the South Lawn.

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

Trump has already established herself as an unconventional first lady, having delayed her arrival in Washington for five months to allow her 12-year-old son to finish the school year in NY. She followed up her State Dinner appearance with the unveiling of "Be Best", her official platform. It was the content of her statement that caught the attention of would-be Trump tweet experts, who clearly saw through this attempt to quell rumors of Trump's disappearance and into the heart of who was actually behind this laughable media response.

In short, she was on a roll. According to a Tuesday Politico report, the absences and withholding of public information are coming at the directive of the first lady herself. Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the first lady.

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