Donald Trump Says If Melania Had Face-Lift, He Would Have Let His Supporters Know

President Donald Trump has addressed rumors that his wife, Melania Trump, had a face-lift during her extended absence. He told his supporters, "I would let you know" if she had one, during a rally in South Carolina on Monday.

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"She had an operation a few weeks ago. She's fine," Trump said during the rally for Republican Governor Henry McMaster, referring to the first lady's kidney surgery in mid-May.

"They had all kinds of projections; they said she got a face-lift," Trump said of media and public speculation, according to The Hill. "No. I would let you know. They couldn't hide that one for long. They said she left me and moved to New York.

"The only thing they wouldn't say is what happened," Trump said. "And she's private. She doesn't want to talk about things."

Following her kidney surgery, Melania Trump remained out of the public eye for 26 days, until she accompanied her husband to a hurricane-preparedness briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

President Trump previously brought up the face-lift rumors in a Fox & Friends interview in mid-June outside the White House.

"She is in great shape. She's, like, perfect. Somebody said, 'Did she have a face-lift?' No," the president said at the time. "Did she have this, did she have that? I mean, the speculation even after the doctors gave—and these are White House doctors—they give really straight stuff, but no, she's doing fantastically well."

Melania Trump has kept a low profile since reappearing at public events. She has not directly addressed rumors about a face-lift and other speculation but has drawn attention in another way.

On her way to visit a child detention center last Thursday, the first lady wore a jacket with "I Really Don't Care, Do U?" written on the back, sparking controversy, criticism and confusion.

The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on Twitter denied the assumptions that the message on the jacket meant the first lady did not care about immigrant children.

"If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids - rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe - we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children. #SheCares #ItsJustAJacket," Grisham tweeted that day.

The president also spoke for his wife and slammed the media again.

"'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the Fake News Media," he tweeted. "Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!"

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018