The Trump Administration being the Trump Administration, however, nothing can ever be easy, transparent or straightforward, and every attempt they make to talk about where Melania just seems to make the "mystery" seem shadier. He said the media had speculated that the first lady may have left him, before pointing out that she was sitting in the front row.
Ever since, her absence has been noticeable - and she even pulled out of attending a presidential retreat with her husband over the weekend. She said he joked about the media's speculation regarding the first lady's recent absence and "laughed off" rumors of them breaking up. But with speculation about her whereabouts at a fever pitch, the first lady is poised to return to the spotlight - sort of. But over the past half century, it has become the expectation that people know the basic narrative of the first lady's activities. ABC News reported that she would not be accompanying her husband on a series of upcoming global summits, events that the first lady would normally attend.
The first lady last appeared in public on May 10 when she and the president welcomed home three Americans who had been released from captivity in North Korea.More news: How Neymar Reacted To Fred Joining Manchester United
"Straight from FLOTUS!" her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham retweeted moments later, which like, okay Steph. A sort of awkward bit of humor in a room full of military families who have lost loved ones. "You go in, you have it done, you lie in bed for a while to keep the blood vessel from bleeding and then you go home".
"She's doing great. She's looking at us right there", the president told reporters, gesturing toward a window in the White House residence.
Melania Trump's absence from the public eye has been particularly perplexing to some considering that she announced her "Be Best" anti-bulling initiative on 7 May. "She's assured in what she is doing and in her function, and is aware of the remaining is simply hypothesis and nonsense".
After the event, the first lady's office issued a statement thanking the families who came to the White House.
"Mrs. Trump is very strong and independent", Grisham said.