After being out of the public eye for 24 days, which included recovery time for a kidney procedure on May 14, the First Lady made an appearance at an event for military Gold Star families on Monday night.
On Wednesday, the First Lady of the United States will attend her first official event outside the White House since going under the knife. 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. "She's looking at us right there".
Melania did not address the crowd at the event, at which no cameras were allowed, but social media footage shows the President arriving with what definitely appears to be a wife-like person next to him.
Trump also told reporters before the Naval Academy commencement on May 25 that the first lady is "doing great", and her longtime friend, Paolo Zampolli, said she seems to be "recovering well".
The first lady has not been seen in public for more than 20 days, and all sorts of odd events and conspiracy theories have sprung up in the wake of her "vanishing". She and son Barron officially moved to the White House last June.
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CNN described the joke as "playful, but a bit awkward" given that the event was to honor military families who'd lost relatives at war.
Images uploaded to Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump. "Thank you to the Gold Star families that joined us in celebration & remembrance", she wrote.
"To me, she looked like the attractive first lady we are all used to seeing", Greene said.
"And that won't change over a rabid press corps".
"She will not attend the G7 and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time", Stephanie Grisham told AFP. "She's assured in what she is doing and in her function, and is aware of the remaining is simply hypothesis and nonsense".