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Melania Trump Schedules First Appearance in Weeks—But the Press Won't Attend

June 4, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The first lady has been elusive ever since she reportedly underwent kidney surgery weeks ago.

First Lady Melania Trump was scheduled for her first appearance at an event honoring Gold Star families on Monday night, CNN reporter Kate Bennett said on “The Situation Room.” Though it's her first appearance in weeks, the press was not asked to attend out of respect for the families' privacy.

A spokeswoman for the first lady said, “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.”

“I don't think it's just the press who are rabid, to be fair. I think there are Democrats, Republicans, fans — there are lots of people just wondering where is the first lady of the United States,” Bennett said. 

Since the first lady has not been seen in public for 25 days, rumors and speculation began to swirl about her whereabouts and her condition, despite any significant evidence to support various claims. There were no official or reliable leaked reports about her status following her surgery for what was described as a benign kidney condition.

The White House announced she would undergo the procedure on May 14, the day the surgery was scheduled. Bennett noted that the first lady stayed at the hospital for five days and that the condition may have been more serious than the White House initially let on.

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