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Melania Makes First Public Appearance in Weeks

She attended White House event for military families
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2018 12:31 AM CDT
President Trump with first lady Melania Trump returns to the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 10, 2018, after greeting three freed Americans, detained in North Korea for over a year.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Finally, Melania Trump has reappeared. After more than three weeks out of the public eye, the first lady strolled into a White House event Monday for military families and swept away the wild speculation that she was incapacitated or had otherwise vanished. The White House did not allow journalists to cover the Gold Star event out of respect for the families, which meant Mrs. Trump was seen in person only by the 40 or so families and administration officials who attended. Others had to keep an eye on social media, the AP reports. Video posted on Twitter showed the first lady, who wore a black sleeveless dress and her trademark stilettos, strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump.

"She looked beautiful," says retired Sgt. 1st Class Diana Pike. Pike's son, Chief Petty Officer Christian Pike, of Peoria, Ariz., died in 2013 from injuries suffered in Afghanistan. "She just looked so beautiful." Trump joked about all the speculation that his wife had supposedly left him but said she was doing fine, Pike says. Jena Greene from the Daily Caller tweeted that Trump said: "Melania had a little problem a couple weeks ago but she wouldn’t miss this for anything." The first lady later tweeted several photos of the event, including two of her seated alongside the president. Mrs. Trump was last seen publicly during the overnight hours of May 10 when she and the president welcomed home three Americans who had been detained in North Korea. (She will not be joining the president at the G7 summit in Quebec.)


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