Melania Trump appears at first White House event since hospital stay

Melania Trump appears at first White House event since hospital stay
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpSoccer ball Putin gifted to Trump gets routine security screening Kavanaugh returns questionnaire to Senate panel Trump says he 'did nothing wrong' after Cohen tape revelation MORE made her first appearance at a White House event in weeks on Monday when she attended a reception for Gold Star military families. 

A brief video shared on Twitter from the event shows the first lady and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE entering the reception. She did not deliver remarks at the event, which was closed to the press, though she did release a statement. 

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"It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation’s fallen heroes and their families. To all those who have lost loved ones in service to our country, our nation grieves with you," the first lady said in a release after the event.

Monday night's event marked the first time Melania Trump was seen in public since early May. She underwent surgery on May 14 for a benign kidney condition, returning to the White House five days later.

CNN reporter Kate Bennett tweeted that the president joked about rumors of the first lady's whereabouts.

Melania Trump criticized the media last week for speculating on her whereabouts. 

“I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing,” she tweeted. “Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”

Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for the first lady, said Trump will not travel with the president to the Group of Seven Summit in Canada this week, or to Singapore next week for his summit with Kim Jong Un.