Melania Trump makes first public appearance outside White House since hospital stay
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Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Trump defends million in Kennedy Center funding in coronavirus stimulus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents MORE is stepping back into the spotlight more than three weeks after being hospitalized for a kidney procedure.

The first lady appeared alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE at a Federal Emergency Management Agency briefing on this year’s hurricane season on Wednesday.


"She went through a little rough patch, but she's doing great," Trump told officials, as his wife, seated next to him, looked on.

"We're very proud of her. She's done a fantastic job as first lady. The people love you," Trump added, saying directly to her, "The people of our country love you."

Sporting a tan trench coat, the 48-year-old former model smiled but did not make any remarks in her first appearance in front of the news media in weeks. 

Her presence at the briefing comes after she underwent a May 14 embolization procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to "treat a benign kidney condition," according to the White House.

While it was her first time in front of cameras following the nearly weeklong hospital stay, Trump had attended a Monday reception at the White House for military families, her first such event following a more than 20-day absence from the public eye.

Earlier on Wednesday, the president ripped the press for what he called "vicious" and "unfair" coverage of his wife.