First Lady Melania Trump has been absent from the public eye for more than two weeks now, kicked off by a five-day hospitalization for a kidney procedure, and people are beginning to wonder what is behind her absence.
The White House has said nothing further about her condition after reporting that she underwent an embolization procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to treat a benign kidney condition.
The Washington Post reported Friday that experts have said Melania’s kidney treatment generally calls for just one night in the hospital, making her prolonged disappearance all the more curious.
The First Lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grislam, said Melania has had “several internal staff meetings in the past week around a variety of topics, including her initiatives,” according to the Post.
But when a reporter asked President Trump about the situation Friday, he gave an odd response:
Friday morning, a reporter shouted a question to the president about a his wife’s whereabouts as he prepared to board Marine One to attend the Naval Academy commencement.
According to a pool report, President Trump responded by pointing to a window in the White House residence, and said: “She’s doing great. She’s looking at us right there.”
Reporters turned to look at the spot he indicated, but there was no sign of the first lady.
Melania has missed a handful of events generally attended by the First Lady, including an Oval Office meeting between Trump and service members the president had met while visiting Melania in the military hospital, according to the Post.
She also missed out on hosting South Korean president’s wife, Kim Jung-sook, on Tuesday, and Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen Pence stepped in to take over the role.
“Wonderful visit with Mrs. Kim Jung-sook, the First Lady of the Republic of Korea,” Karen Pence tweeted alongside pictures of the two women. “We toured the beautiful and historic Decatur House . . . and enjoyed a lovely lunch.”