Melania Trump stepped back into the public eye Monday after a more than three-week absence, and President Trump took to Twitter two days later to address the at-times fervent coverage surrounding the "missing" Melania. He first tweeted that "the Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well!" He also claimed the media had caught sight of her prior to Monday but kept a lid on it.
He tweeted: "...Four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting. They never reported the sighting because it would hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever. Fake News is really bad!" The president's mention of a facelift didn't escape the notice of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who was described by Trump last June as having come to Mar-a-Lago "bleeding badly from a facelift." Scarborough tweeted, "I agree that it would be 'vicious' and 'unfair' to lie about a loved one having a facelift for the purpose of causing pain and embarrassment. Mr. President, can you imagine anyone would be so cruel to do such a thing?" Tweeted Brzezinski in response, "I can't even imagine." (Read more President Trump stories.)