Media Stokes Controversy About Melania Trump's Absence - Here's the First Lady's Response

Brenda Watkins
May 31, 2018

First Lay of the U.S. Melania Trump unsuccessfully sought to quell rumours about her whereabouts Wednesday, after media noted that she had not been seen in public for 20 days following an operation.US President-elect Donald Trump (R) and his wife Melania Trump arrive for a leadership luncheon at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on January 19, 2017.

The White House announced four days later that she had been admitted to a hospital to treat a benign kidney condition.

Is Melania learning to shoot back on Twitter like her husband the current president Donald Trump? And some chalked up her absence as another example of her private tendencies.

But Harris said Mrs. Trump could end up being hurt by the fact that she made the long-waited announcement about her initiative - and then disappeared.

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

She was also said to be working on forthcoming projects such as the annual White House picnic for members of Congress in June and Independence Day festivities.

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Even before he was president, Trump had issues with ABC's programming, blasting the network for its popular show Black-ish. The tweets were branded "racist" and "abhorrent", with ABC Entertainment swiftly axing the reboot of Roseanne .

She spoke out after wild - and totally unsubstantiated - internet rumors claimed that she had dumped Donald Trump and moved back to NY, reports Politico.

She earlier this month launched Be Best, an initiative to teach kindness to children.

But the first lady's absence from the public eye, missing events on Memorial Day, only served to increase speculation.

She also tweets when she feels like it, without waiting - or even asking - for West Wing approval or coordination. On Tuesday, yet another rumor on Melania Trump's supposed disappearance had popped up, as an unnamed senior White House official told Politico that the president's people "are hiding something" regarding the first lady's whereabouts. "Sadly, we deal with conspiracy theories all the time, so this is nothing new, just more silly nonsense", she said, according to Politico.

"She was hospitalised for nearly a week and is now home and recovering".

No word on when she will attend her next public event. "She has had several meetings internally with staff and will continue to do so this week".

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