Melania Trump has continued her routine of spurning the media spotlight.
Recently, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife came to the United States, and there was no Melania to support her navigate multiple events in Washington, D.C.
Akie Abe attended a luncheon for military spouses and visited a school by herself, during her stay in the nation’s capital. Melania, meanwhile, preferred to go to Maryland to spend time with her son Barron, for what her spokesperson said was a previously scheduled event.
Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told the press, “Mrs. Trump had a previously scheduled event with her son and was regrettably not able to host Mrs. Abe.”
It has become more than routine for Grisham to field these kinds of inquiries. Last month, the first lady extended her stay at Walter Reed Hospital for kidney surgery, causing the press to speculate whether or not the White House was being transparent about the reasons for her hospitalization.
Informative meeting with @FEMA today. With the hurricane season is upon us, you can download the FEMA app https://t.co/GOa1yv41KH to start receiving alerts & safety reminders. pic.twitter.com/mdUMVo1JZq
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 6, 2018
On Thursday, the first lady also tweeted that she was “proud” of the Trump administration’s progress on opioid abuse. Otherwise, Melania has kept private, preferring to spend her time alone or with Barron rather than in front of press cameras.