Melania Trump tweets she's 'feeling great' after nearly three weeks out of public eye
Wed., May 30, 2018
WASHINGTONâ"After nearly three weeks out of sight, Melania Trump tried Wednesday to put to rest speculation about her health and even her whereabouts as she continues to recover from medical treatment for a kidney condition. It didnât completely work.
Mrs. Trump tweeted that sheâs âfeeling greatâ and is at the White House working hard for children and American families. But she still didnât make a public appearance, leaving some skeptics still wondering about her condition and plenty more.
The first ladyâs tweet landed while her husband was participating in a White House event that seemed tailor-made for a first lady, as famous athletes joined President Donald Trump and his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump on the South Lawn to promote youth sports and fitness.
âI see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what Iâm doing,â Mrs. Trump said on Twitter. âRest assured, Iâm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!âArticle Continued Below
The first ladyâs absence from public view has spawned all sorts of wild theories on social media and elsewhere: Has she moved back to Trump Tower in New York City? Is she co-operating with the special counselâs Russia investigation? Is her health in jeopardy? Has she entered the witness protection program? And so on.
Mrs. Trump has not appeared in public since the wee hours of May 10, when she accompanied the president to a military base in Maryland to welcome home three Americans who had been released from detention in North Korea.
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Four days later, the White House announced that the 48-year-old first lady had successfully undergone an âembolizationâ procedure to treat a benign kidney c ondition, and that there were no complications. She spent five nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Some doctors familiar with the procedure but not involved in her care said people treated with embolization typically are sent home the same day or the next.
First ladies are under no obligation to make their medical histories public, and the White House has said nothing more about Mrs. Trumpâs condition.Article Continued Below
On Friday, the president tried to assure reporters that his wife was doing fine.
Asked about the first ladyâs health before he boarded the presidential helicopter on the South Lawn, Trump pointed to the second floor of the White House and said: âSheâs doing great. Right there. Sheâs doing great. Sheâs looking at us, right there.â
Despite Trumpâs assurances, reporters didnât see any sign of the first lady watching from above.
Mrs. Trump is often viewed as a reluctant first lady, but her lengthy absence from public view comes after what was probably her most high-profile period in the role to date.
In April, she alone represented the administration at the Houston funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. She joined the president to host the Japanese prime minister for talks at the Trumpsâ estate in Florida. That was followed by the French presidentâs three-day state visit to the White House, which included the first state dinner planned under her watch for more than 100 guests.
Mrs. Trump capped it off in early May with a splashy Rose Garden rollout for her âBe Bestâ campaign to teach kindness to children. Trump watched from the audience.
Her popularity is rising, according to a recent CNN poll that found 57 per cent of those surveyed saying they have a favourable impression of her, up from 47 per cent in January.
A week after the first lady announced âBe Best,â she was in the hospital.
Sheâs been hear d from â" including tweets about the Texas school shooting, the newest Medal of Honor recipient and Memorial Day â" but not seen since.
The first ladyâs longtime friend, Paolo Zampolli, thinks âshe wanted to spend some quality time with her family.â
Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady has been meeting with her staff on the âBe Bestâ initiative and working on upcoming projects like the annual White House picnic for members of Congress in June and Fourth of July festivities.
Grisham said the first lady would like to be âout and about promoting her initiativesâ but âher health comes first.â
Jean Harris, who teaches political science and womenâs studies at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, said people so far seem to be giving the first lady âher space for a whole bunch of reasons.â
But Harris said Mrs. Trump could end up being hurt by the fact that she made the long-waited announcement about her initia tive â" and then disappeared.
âIf thereâs not that followup, I think people will begin to be a bit more critical than they have been,â Harris said.Read more about: TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPSource: Google News