Even after Melania was spotted during her first public appearance at a Gold Star event in the White House, where the press was absent, many social media users wondered if it was the real first lady that attended the ceremony or her body double.
When the first lady checked in to Walter Reed on May 14, her spokeswoman said in a statement that she had an "embolization procedure for a benign kidney condition".
Her recent schedule has seen a noticeable shift from the weeks prior to the surgery, when she engaged in several high-profile events.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace remarked President Donald Trump watches "Morning Joe" every day "like a slave" during her program on Wednesday. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H.
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U.S. officials believe there has been some dissent in the North Korean military about Kim's overtures to Seoul and Washington . But she said there has been no change in what Trump has described as a "maximum pressure" campaign on the North Korean regime.
Grisham didn't say why the first lady wasn't going to the White House event announced by President Trump after he disinvited the Eagles from celebrating their Super Bowl win after reports said fewer than 10 players had planned on going.
"I'm amazed Mrs. Trump has been able to do it", she told AFP.
Melania Trump, never one to obsess like her husband about media attention, has laid low before. "She went through a little rough patch but she's doing great", the president said.