First lady Melania Trump made her first public appearance in nearly a month on Wednesday, tamping down rumors about her noticeable absence from the public eye after she underwent a kidney procedure.
The first lady sat next to President Donald Trump at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a 2018 hurricane season briefing with the vice president and several cabinet officials also in attendance.
“She’s doing great,” Trump said, next to a smiling Melania Trump. “She went through a little rough patch but she’s doing great.”
He added, “We’re very proud of her, she’s done a fantastic job as first lady.”
The appearance was her first in public since May 10, four days before she underwent a procedure for what her office called a “benign kidney condition.”
The first lady did not make any remarks at Wednesday’s meeting.
Earlier Wednesday, hours before the scheduled meeting, Trump ripped the “unfair” and “vicious” media “narrative” surrounding Mrs. Trump’s prolonged public absence.
“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,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, ahead of the first lady’s expected re-emergence.
In a second tweet, Trump claimed that “four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting” and “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.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Adam Edelman and Dartunorro Clark