Trump calls media vicious for speculating about Melania’s health

The president and the first lady in the East Room of the White House May 9 shortly before she receded from view. More

Melania Trump did not speak at the meeting.

"Can't fly for one month, the doctors say", he said as he left for the G7 summit in Canada.

On May 15, the White House announced Melania had minor surgery for a "benign kidney condition", which is usually an outpatient procedure. After the procedure, Mr. Trump told the public that his wife would be home from the hospital in two to three days; she ended up staying for five.

Medical professionals who were not associated with Trump's treatment opined what her office described could have been a much simpler recovery.

The first lady ended some of the speculation this week by making her first appearances in almost a month.

Melania Trump made her first public appearance since May 10 with her husband at a hurricane preparedness briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.

Ivana Trump attracted a fair bit of attention last October, after she called herself the real "first lady" when promoting her book "Raising Trump".

So far, the White House stands by the details of Melania Trump's procedure, and anything else is conjecture.

On Wednesday morning, Trump said in a tweet: "They reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the WH (and me) for NY or Virginia, to abuse. And she's doing great".

"The statement I put out on May 14 was correct", Grisham said Friday in an email. Mrs. Trump's Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, said the procedure was a success and without complication. They were refuted both by the President and the first lady.

"The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania", he wrote on Twitter. But over the past half century, it has become the expectation that people know the basic narrative of the first lady's activities.

Her prolonged absence sparked wild and unconfirmed speculation that about the reason for her absence.

The first lady addressed the theories herself, tweeting on May 30: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am and what I'm doing".

Melania did eventually make a semi-private appearance earlier this week - several weeks after she had been treated for her medical condition - attending a ceremony honoring Gold Star military families.

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