Melania Trump 'had big operation and can't fly for a month'

The president and the first lady in the East Room of the White House May 9 shortly before she receded from view. More

The president and the first lady in the East Room of the White House May 9 shortly before she receded from view. More

Can't fly for one month the doctors say. "That was close to a four-hour operation". "She wanted to go", said Trump of his wife, who has been fiercely private about her health and is not going on the trip. We're very proud of her.

He also tweeted, "four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting".

The first lady's office announced on May 14 that she had had an embolisation procedure to treat a kidney condition described as benign.

The first lady ended some of the speculation this week by making her first appearances in almost a month. Mrs. Trump had a successful embolization procedure.

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"First lady's great, right there", the president said, pointing up toward the White House.

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She has since attended one closed-door White House event and is expected to appear in public later Wednesday, appearing at an event at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters with her husband. She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.

"The first lady's great", Trump told reporters Friday on the South Lawn before heading to Canada to attend the Group of 7 (G-7) summit. During her recovery from surgery, they reported everything from near death, to a facelift, to left the W.H.

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President Trump's new characterization of the procedure as a "big operation" is the latest attempt to explain her lengthy absence from the gaze of the media. "All Fake, she is doing really well!" he noted on the social media site.

Though a Gold Star Memorial event for the families of fallen soldiers at the White House was closed to press on Monday, this is when we finally saw Trump after more than 20 days of not making a single public appearance.

The first lady addressed the theories herself, tweeting on May 30: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing".

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