It’s been almost a month since Melania Trump has been seen in public and weeks since she reportedly underwent surgery for what was described as a “benign kidney condition.” But with speculation about her whereabouts at a fever pitch, the first lady is poised to return to the spotlight — sort of.
As CNN reports, Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, has confirmed that Trump will attend a White House event Monday honoring Gold Star families — those who have a lost a relative in battle. It will be the first official event she has attended — and her first sighting — since May 10, when she was seen greeting the three American detainees newly freed by North Korea.
The day before that, she joined President Trump and his daughter Ivanka as he signed an executive order to support the hiring of military spouses in the federal government.
Today President Trump signed an Executive Order to promote military spouse hiring across ALL federal departments and agencies. To our great #MilitarySpouses: Your courage often goes unnoticed, but that makes it all the more heroic. We are committed to supporting you and your families, as you and yours faithfully and selflessly serve us. : Official White House Photo
A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on May 9, 2018 at 6:15pm PDT
But don’t hold out hope for a glossy photo op. Grisham noted to CNN that the Gold Star event is closed to the media, though it’s possible that she may issue a statement afterward. Grisham added that Trump and her staff have been keeping busy with meetings and planning White House events.
Those events won’t include this week’s G7 meeting in Quebec or Trump’s June 12 trip to Singapore, both of which Grisham confirmed FLOTUS would skip. She was also absent from a Trump family trip to Camp David over the June 2 weekend.
The first lady downplayed rumors about her disappearance last week, admonishing the media for “working overtime” to explain her absence.
I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing. Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 30, 2018
If Monday’s Gold Star event comes and goes without satisfying curious minds, there may be a resolution by month’s end. Grisham has said that Trump is planning the Congressional Picnic, which in 2017 took place in late June — and is thus, presumably, just weeks away. She’s also hammering out the details for the White House’s Independence Day celebrations.
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