Melania Trump's attempt to quash speculation over public absence dramatically backfires



Melania Trump blasted media outlets Wednesday for drumming up conspiracy theories behind her almost three weeks out of the public eye.

For days the media has been musing about First Lady Melania Trump's whereabouts.

"Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children and the American people!" she said.

Trump is not obligated to publicly disclose her health or what she does with her time, but first ladies have often been public about such matters.

However, Grisham wouldn't say when the news media or the public will be able to see the first lady again.

"She's looking at us, right there", the president said. Meanwhile, Mrs. Trump has been absent from certain public events, notably the Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, Politico reported.

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The first lady was last seen on May 10, according to a report by InStyle. She joined the president to host the Japanese prime minister for talks at the Trumps' estate in Florida.

"She's doing really well", communications director Stephanie Grisham tells ABC News in a statement. On May 16th, President Trump visited her in the hospital after she had a kidney procedure.

Nonetheless, she outshone the President, and the French President and first lady, in late-April, wearing a scene-stealing white hat to an official South Lawn arrival ceremony, garnering comparisons to Beyoncé. "She was hospitalized for nearly a week and is now home and recovering". But her office has dismissed these theories, saying she's back at work and has been involved in internal meetings this week. But in a single tweet Melania attempted to silence all the rumors by revealing where she is and what she's been up to.

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. While that might be normal for most public figures, as the wife of a president who hates the media but loves attention, her absence is much more noticeable. I wouldn't characterize it as a long absence.

In April, she alone represented the administration at the Houston funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

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