It’s the question on everyone’s lips: “Where is Melania Trump?”
For over three weeks, first lady Melania Trump hasn’t been seen publicly.
As President Trump attends Camp David for a presidential retreat this weekend, the first lady won’t join him – marking her 22nd day of absence.
On May 14, the White House announced that 48-year-old Melania had undergone an “embolisation procedure to treat a benign kidney condition” – a procedure which involves cutting off blood supply to a tumor or growth.
But although the procedure was described as “successful” with “no complications”, Melania remained in the hospital for almost a whole week – despite being expected to only stay in the hospital for two to three days.
Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!Advertisement
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Melania was last seen four days prior to the procedure when she joined President Trump in welcoming home three men who had been held captive in North Korea.
Melania’s hospital stay has sparked questions, speculation and conspiracy theories about her health and even her marriage.
As first ladies are under no obligation to make their medical histories public, there was no indication – prior to her surgery – that Melania was unwell.
But as her hospital stay was longer than the average stay for an embolisation, many believed that her health condition may be more complicated than the White House stated.
Questions intensified when Donald Trump was asked about his wife’s wellbeing last week.
Pointing to a window, Trump told reporters: “She’s doing great. Right there. She’s doing great. Just looking at us, right there.”
Melania could not be seen at the window.
I know there’s a lot going on but I keep returning to Trump pointing at an empty window and claiming Melania’s up there watching him.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 30, 2018
Melania’s disappearance has also raised eyebrows about her marriage to Trump.
In a tweet welcoming his wife home from the hospital, the president misspelled Melania’s name writing: “Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House. Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!”
According to The Metro, the first lady’s absence has launched wild internet rumours and conspiracy theories, with some speculating that Melania has moved back to New York and others suggesting Melania was assaulted by her husband.
I want to know where #MelaniaTrump is because Trump has beaten his other wives and sexually assaulted his first wife and a couple dozen women.
Has Trump assaulted Melania and she is still recovering?
Is THAT what caused her kidneys to bleed?
Because kidneys don’t bleed easily.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) May 29, 2018
Yes, I’m to the point where I am worried about Melania Trump. There is a certain amount of humor about the whole situation but the more I think about it the more I’m concerned … something really is up and it’s not good @FLOTUS @StephGrisham45
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) May 29, 2018
Others have suggested that Mrs Trump is recovering from cosmetic surgery, rather than the procedure the White House reported.
Is it me or does Melania’s @flotus kidney surgery sound more and more like tummy tuck recovery or a total hip replacement?
— ohmresistor (@manish_resist) June 1, 2018
And the most bizarre rumour of all?
Melania was sneaked out of the White House through a tunnel and is now living with Barack and Michelle Obama to write a tell-all book about her life with President Trump.
Melania herself addressed the speculation herself on Twitter earlier this week, writing:
I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 30, 2018
But until Melania appears publicly, there’s no denying that the theories will carry on growing.