Melania Trump attends first official event in 24 days

Aaron Brown
June 5, 2018

Video posted on Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Donald Trump.

"Did she leave him?" the President asked at one point, before pointing out that Melania Trump was, in fact, sitting in the front row.

Melania is scheduled to make her first appearance on Monday night at a White House event that if closed to the press, having not been seen in public in the past 24 days.

The first lady explained that both she and her husband will "always pay tribute" to the United States' military, veterans, and "the families who love them".

Public interest in and news media coverage of first ladies exploded during the Obama administration, the first White House to extensively use social media to spread its brand, McBride said.

On Monday, however, the first lady will appear alongside her husband, President Trump, at an event honoring Gold Star families.

On May 14 she was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland for the kidney procedure.

"Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House".

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Her absence sparked all kinds of wild speculation, but the first lady has shown no interest in making an appearance just to knock down rumors.

CNBC reporter Eamon Javers tweeted last week he had seen the first lady walking with her aides in the West Wing.

Melania Trump's absence from the public eye has been particularly perplexing to some considering that she announced her "Be Best" anti-bulling initiative on 7 May.

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", Melania tweeted on Wednesday.

The first lady's lack of recent viewings, prior to Monday's event, has created a storm of "where is she?" memes on the internet, and speculation on her whereabouts ran the gamut, from New York City to Palm Beach.

Grisham said the Gold Star families' event is important to Mrs. Trump and has been on her calendar for some time.

Such a weeks-long disappearance by a modern-day first lady is indeed rare, said Ohio University history professor Katherine Jellison, a specialist on president's wives.

On 30 May, Melania Trump tweeted, in response to theories about her absence.

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