Why Are There Restrictions for Melania Trump's Latest Appearance?

05 June, 2018, 08:10 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol talks with U.S. President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on after a meeting at the White House

In an official statement issued Monday night, the first lady addressed the event: "It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation's fallen heroes and their families". Mrs. Trump wore her hair in her signature tousled waves and middle-part, matching her dark eye makeup to the cocktail dress. She also skipped the last two stops on his Asian trip in November, going with him to Japan, South Korea and China but staying behind in Beijing when her husband went on to Vietnam and the Philippines.

The Hill confirmed with a spokesperson that the first lady was planning on appearing.

The first lady ultimately weighed in last week with a tweet that observers said sounded more like it was written by President Donald Trump than Melania herself.

Melania Trump attended the G7 meeting in Italy a year ago. The first lady has not been seen in public since May 19, when she returned to the White House after undergoing a kidney procedure.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News.

During the White House event for Gold Star families, President Trump alluded to the speculation, according to reporters in the room.




On Wednesday, Melania confronted the media speculating about her whereabouts tweeting, "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that she has never heard Hagin say that, telling CNN that "I've worked very closely with Joe and it's just not how his mind thinks or the way that he operates". The riff was playful, but a bit awkward considering the event was to honor Gold Star families, who have lost loved ones at war.

While the First Lady's condition was "benign", it was serious.

Trump said on Friday the summit he had cancelled the previous week was back on after he received the North Korean delegation bearing a letter from Kim.

Her absence sparked all kinds of wild speculation, but the first lady has shown no interest in making an appearance just to knock down rumors. Everyone I know can't stop talking about where the first lady is.

The decision to keep the press at bay was to respect the families, the White House said.

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