How times flies! It is already 20 years since we last saw the First lady, Melania Trump.
Melania had a medical condition treated that was described as, “an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.”
Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told us that it was “successful and there were no complications.”
Conspiracy theorists are asking questions . Is the first lady OK, asks Twitter? Where is she? Why the long disappearance from public view?
Grisham responded “Sadly, we deal with conspiracy theories all the time — so this is nothing new, just more silly nonsense,” said Grisham, brushing off a rumor making the rounds that Trump has moved back to New York City.
Results of a CNN poll conducted the following week confirmed just that — the first lady was up 10 points to 57% in her favorability rating, making her again the most liked member of the Trump administration. She followed up her State Dinner appearance with the unveiling of “Be Best,” her official platform. During her 11-minute speech, she underlined her commitment to spreading a message of social media kindness, as the President sat feet from his wife in the front row.
In short, she was on a roll.
Her own pace
However, in the grand scope of Trump’s first lady schedule, a 20-day break, while long, isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. She is one of the most independent first ladies in recent history, several times in the past year separating herself from her husband’s travel plans, outings, rallies and, on more than one occasion, motorcades.
Trump has demonstrated she can and does like to do things at her own pace, taking months to hire a small but loyal staff — less than half the size of typical East Wing employment rosters — and taking on a rather broad range of causes under the vast umbrella of “helping children.”
She also tweets when she feels like it, without waiting — or even asking — for West Wing approval or coordination.
“They’ve never been joined at the hip,” one White House official told CNN, explaining the first lady’s wish to separate her individuality and character from that of her husband. “She has always been independent.”
Grisham said the disappearance from the public eye isn’t unusual.
“I wouldn’t characterize this as a long absence. She was hospitalized for almost a week and is now home and recovering. She has had several meetings internally with staff and will continue to do so this week.”