Melania Trump Spotted in Public for the First Time in 20 Days

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"She's doing really well", Grisham told ABC News.

"Rest assured, I'm here at the WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!" she tweeted brightly. "But sadly, the rumors abound", Grisham said in an email to USA TODAY.

"Ha! Whoever this is, give Melania back her phone..." the New York Times columnist Charles M Blow wrote. Some said she moved back to NY, others said she was writing a tell-all about her husband.

Yet 16 days later, the most anyone has heard from Trump has come via Twitter, with just one addressing her medical procedure.

Mrs. Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center a couple of weeks ago to have surgery for a "benign kidney condition". Melania's last public appearance was May 10th, when three Americans were released by North Korea. It was dark but she looked fine, dressed in a tailored pantsuit with cropped trousers. "She seems to be recovering well", he said, though he offered no further details. Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has since left that post, told reporters that he'd arrange for a dietitian to consult with the White House chef to cut calories and recommend a low-impact, aerobic exercise program for Trump with the aim of shedding 10 to 15 pounds this year.

In her absence, others have stepped in to perform the duties that traditionally fall to the president's spouse. "She's doing great. Just look at us, right there".

That episode was an invitation to meme-making on Twitter.

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser, addressed the audience instead.

The fact that the first lady has barely been seen throughout May has been a hot topic of conversation on social media.

"So. has the WH lost track of another immigrant?" "Right there", Trump said. "Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!"

Twitter users were quick to note that the tone of the statement, as well as the punctuation, sounded nothing like the first lady's typical tweeting style. Since then she's been mocked for her clothes and her shoes and criticized for a donation of Dr. Seuss books.

She did not appear to be at the window, intensifying speculation.

Still, conspiracy theorists abound.

A week after the first lady announced "Be Best", she was in the hospital.

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