After 24 days out of sight, Melania Trump finally reappears

Melania Trump

Melania Trump

But the Melania mystery only deepened when the White House event took place with no media access, and another day went by with no press sighting of her.

She said the administration is actively preparing for the June 12 summit with leader Kim Jong Un, which will be held in Singapore at 9:00 AM local time.

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".

Lori Donahue of Gillette, Wyo., said she was touched by Melania Trump's presence: "It meant a lot that this was her first since her surgery". Four days later, the first lady was admitted to hospital to treat a benign kidney condition.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News.

She has stayed out of public view since returning home on May 19. Her prolonged absence set off a flurry of controversy in the media.

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The more likely reason, said Harris, is that Melania underwent surgery for a benign kidney condition on May 14.

However, Grisham confirmed to CNN that Melania would attend the reception for Gold Star families, honoring their family members who died in battle. "Melania Missing" posters are popping up on telephone poles in Manhattan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump shake hands as their wives, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Melania Trump look on in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. The press is not invited, but no doubt we will receive some kind of confirmation from some source whether the first lady was there or not.

In a tweet the first lady said: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing". Twitter was abuzz with theories from political observers, both on the left and the right, with a public anxious to see their first lady. "I can't imagine a previous first lady disappearing for 24 days without some level of concern".

It's the second year the Trumps have opened the White House to Gold Star families.

Melania Trump will be staying behind in the United States while her husband soon departs for two big foreign trips.