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!
— 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.