Melania Trump to Make First Appearance in Weeks—but You Won't Be Allowed to See It

Melania Trump is set to make her first public appearance in almost a month on Monday, as she joins her husband President Donald Trump in hosting a White House event for Gold Star families.

The first lady’s absence from the public eye has been widely discussed, with Melania not spotted since making a joint appearance with Trump on May 10, when the pair welcomed home three American hostages returning from North Korea.

The first lady then underwent treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a benign kidney condition, with a spokesperson confirming to Newsweek in an email last Friday that Melania was “doing great.”

2018-05-09T203639Z_2116131852_RC15ABA510A0_RTRMADP_3_USA-TRUMP First lady Melania Trump will make an appearance at a White House event on Monday. Reuters

That she has not been seen in public for more than 24 days led to questions over whether there was something more going on than recovery from a routine procedure, with such rumors circulating that she has been living with the Obamas, that she is secretly back in New York, and that she is writing a tell-all book about her husband.

Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, dismissed such speculation, Politico reported last Tuesday.

“Sadly, we deal with conspiracy theories all the time, so this is nothing new, just more silly nonsense,” Grisham told the publication.

“She is doing great. I wouldn’t characterize it as a long absence. She was hospitalized for almost a week and is now home and recovering,” said Grisham.

Melania Trump also declined to attend a family weekend at Camp David last weekend, and her spokesperson confirmed she would not be joining her husband on two upcoming foreign trips, ABC News reported.

Melania herself dismissed speculation over her whereabouts, insisting she was at the White House in a tweet sent last Wednesday from her official account—although even that did not prevent people from speculating that the tweet may not have been sent by her.

“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! ” she wrote.

But her return to her role following the break will not be open to the press, with CNN reporting that the White House event on Monday will not have members of the media in attendance.

Updated | This story has been expanded to include additional information about Melania Trump.