Trump: Doctors say first lady 'can't fly for one month'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE is giving more details on his wife’s medical procedure last month, saying Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet Pamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms MORE is on doctor’s orders not to fly.

“The first lady’s great,” Trump told reporters Friday on the South Lawn before heading to Canada to attend the Group of 7 (G-7) summit.

“She has to — because she wanted to go — can't fly for one month. Doctors say,” Trump said.  

Melania Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed earlier this week that the first lady wouldn’t be joining her husband for the G-7 summit or for the president’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.


The commander in chief’s remarks follow a prolonged absence from the public eye by his wife after a May 14 embolization procedure to “treat a benign kidney condition,” according to the White House.

“She had a big operation,” Trump said Friday of the procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “That was close to a four-hour operation.”

“She’s doing great,” Trump added. “Right there,” he told journalists gathered, as he pointed to the executive mansion.

Earlier this week, Trump had blasted the press for what he dubbed “vicious” and “unfair” coverage of his wife, including speculation about her medical condition.

The 48-year-old former model made her first appearance since her hospitalization in front of the news media at a Federal Emergency Management Agency hurricane briefing on Wednesday. She smiled as she sat next to the president and received applause from the meeting's participants. She didn't make any public remarks at the briefing.