Melania Trump makes appearance after 24 days out of sight

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Video posted on Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Donald Trump. He showed her to a front-row seat across the aisle from Vice President Mike Pence before heading to the microphone.

On May 14, the first lady had an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition and spent a few days recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The event is closed press to allow privacy for the families, those who have lost one or more immediate family members while that family member was serving in the military in wartime.

President Trump with first lady Melania Trump returns to the White House May 10, 2018, after greeting three freed Americans who had been detained in North Korea. Some of the more popular conspiracy theories suggest a longer-term recovery from plastic surgery or a condition that is not so benign; that she's left Trump and moved out of the White House entirely. She returned to the White House on May 19.

Melania Trump criticized the media last week for speculating on her whereabouts.

"These families have endured the ultimate in pain and sacrifice on behalf of our country, and I am honored to have spent the evening with them", she added.




CNN and several other mainstream media outlets had been painting the first lady as "missing in action", even though several observers pointed out that the first lady was spotted in the West Wing as recently as May 29.

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.

It has also been announced, according to the Daily Mail, that the first lady will not attend the G7 summit in Canada this week with her husband, nor will she travel to Singapore for a historic meeting with North Korea on June 12. "I think there are Democrats, Republicans, fans - there are lots of people just wondering where is the first lady of the United States", Bennett said.

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing".

As Monday's event has made clear, however, rumours of the first lady's death have been greatly exaggerated.

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