First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now Warning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation MORE on Wednesday sharply criticized the media for “speculating” about her lack of public appearances since being released from the hospital after a procedure on her kidney.

The first lady has not appeared in public since she returned to the White House after a minor kidney surgery on May 14. She was notably absent from the Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington Cemetery earlier this week.


The White House has released almost no information about the first lady following her surgery, and her team has not explained the reason for her extended five-day hospital stay for a procedure that usually only requires one day.

“She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits,” the White House said in a statement on May 19, the day she returned from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out.”

Her absence led some to speculate and draft conspiracy theories about the first lady.

Trump is not obligated to publicly disclose her health or what she does with her time, but first ladies have often been public about such matters.