Media Stokes Controversy About Melania Trump's Absence - Here's the First Lady's Response

Media Stokes Controversy About Melania Trump's Absence - Here's the First Lady's Response

However, that unnamed source added that Mrs Trump has spent longer out of the public eye before, including during the transition period she spent in NY with her son Barron before finally moving to the White House last summer.

Melania Trump has tweeted to address speculation about her health, after she has not been seen in public for 20 days. Four days later, the White House announced that she underwent kidney surgery.

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

Later in the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and then deliver remarks while participating in the White House Sports and Fitness Day.

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Results of a CNN poll conducted the following week confirmed just that - the first lady was up 10 points to 57% in her favorability rating, making her again the most liked member of the Trump administration.

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The first lady had recently launched her initiative to teach kindness to children.

Melania's communications director says she is doing "really well" and is engaged on internal meetings.

The Huffington Post pointed out that the phrases "working overtime", "speculating", "working hard" and "on behalf of the American people" feature frequently in the president's tweets. "She seems to be recovering well", he said, though he offered no further details.

But her absence from the usual comings and goings at the White House is intriguing to many because it immediately followed her mysterious five-day stay in a hospital for an unspecified kidney procedure that the White House said went well.

Former President Barack Obama played basketball until his knees began troubling him, switching later to cardio work on machines in the White House residence.

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser, said that the Aspen Institute found that 37 percent of children played team sports on a regular basis in 2016, down from almost 45 percent in 2008.

"If there's not that follow-up, I think people will begin to be a bit more critical than they have been", Harris said.

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