Melania Trump appears in front of the cameras for the first time in weeks – video
09 June, 2018, 06:24
PresidentDonald Trump said before stepping on Air Force One for the G7 summit in Quebec on Friday morning that his wife Melania Trump was not traveling with him because she had a "big operation" and can not fly for a month-contrary to earlier statements suggesting she underwent a minor kidney procedure.
"First lady is great".
After undergoing an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition almost a month ago, First Lady Melania Trump is set to appear today with with her husband at FEMA headquarters. That was a close to a four-hour operation. "That was close to a four-hour operation".
Mr Trump added that the USA first lady is "doing great". "And we're very proud of her", the president told reporters. "Right there!" Trump said while pointing to the White House residence.
Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement at the time that she had an "embolization procedure for a benign kidney condition".
As a reminder, here are the statements the First Lady's office put out at the time of her surgery and after she left the hospital. Mrs. Trump had a successful embolization procedure. She was released after a five-day hospital stay but remained out of sight.
He said Mrs Trump had wanted to join him at an annual summit of leading industrialised nations, as she did past year, but that she "can't fly for one month".
Trump's comments only deepened the mystery surrounding his wife's hospitalization in mid-May and her weeks-long absence from the public eye.
"All Fake, she is doing really well!" he tweeted.
The first lady addressed the theories herself, tweeting on May 30: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing". During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H.
This made her husband rush to Twitter to defend her and slam "Fake News" conspiracies.
Her husband lashed out Wednesday about rumors of her condition, falsely accusing the media of reporting them.