Melania To Resurface Today At Gold Star Family Event

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The first lady joined the president at a reception to honor families of those killed during military service.

The first lady was scheduled to re-emerge in the public eye later Monday at a private reception for families of USA soldiers killed in action - her first public appearance since being hospitalized last month.

On May 14, the first lady had an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition and spent a few days recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Melanie Trump was last seen by the American public in early May when she welcomed home freed Americans from North Korea alongside President Trump, wearing a Christian Dior checkered suit, as Breitbart News noted. The president showed her to a seat in the front row before he headed for the stage. She made no official remarks during the event.

"She is going to do this job her way", McBride said of Mrs. Trump.

About 40 families participated in the candlelight ceremony in which the names of the fallen were read aloud.

Several of the invitees commented on the first lady as they left. Pike's son, Chief Petty Officer Christian Pike, of Peoria, Arizona, died in 2013 in Afghanistan.

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The first lady ultimately weighed in last week with a tweet that observers said sounded more like it was written by President Donald Trump than Melania herself.

Melania did not speak at the event and only provided comments in the form of a pre-prepared statement issued to media, which is further evidence of how extremely real and active in White House activities she is.

"The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere". Smiling for cameras from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Melania Trump wore a checkered suit and her ubiquitous high heels, appearing happy and well for the 3 a.m. celebration of citizens returning to American soil.

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", Melania tweeted on Wednesday. "They have lost loved ones and deserve respect and privacy", said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. "I can't imagine a previous first lady disappearing for 24 days without some level of concern".

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith on Sunday wrote on Twitter, "I wish that I didn't suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse". She is not planning to accompany her husband when he leaves Friday to attend the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, a contrast to last year's meeting of world leaders in Sicily, which she attended. "Melania Missing" posters are popping up on telephone poles in Manhattan.

Trump also will not travel with her husband to Singapore next week, where the president is slated to hold a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.