Melania Trump attends first public event since kidney operation

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President Trump cracked a joke about his wife Melania divorcing him, a comment that apparently came off as "awkward" during an event for Gold Star families.

The first lady was joining the president at a White House reception Monday evening for Gold Star families. "Is that obstruction? Under Sekulow/Dowd, apparently NO". The first lady said in a written statement after last June's event that these families "are a unique and distinct category of individuals who should be cherished". "She's confident in what she is doing and in her role, and knows the rest is just speculation and nonsense".

A spokesperson for Melania Trump told Yahoo's Hunter Walker that the first lady would also be skipping the event.

Questions surrounding Melania's absence grew increasingly loud in the last week, prompting the first lady to snipe at the press for inquiring about her.

The operation, for an "embolisation procedure" to treat a benign kidney condition, was described as relatively minor surgery and was said to be "successful" with "no complications".

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As a journalist, he criticized his country's annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin's support for separatist Ukrainian rebels. Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017, saying he was receiving threats and concerned he might be jailed.

On May 10, the first couple welcomed home American hostages from North Korea.

"Mrs. Trump is very strong and independent", Grisham said.

First Lady Melania Trump made her first public appearance in almost a month on Monday after undergoing a medical procedure in mid-May.

Mrs. Trump stayed in the hospital for five days and has kept out of public view since returning home May 19.

Prior to her medical incident, the first lady's popularity was on the rise, according to a recent CNN poll, and she was seemingly growing more comfortable in the spotlight, hosting her first official state dinner and announcing her formal platform initiatives.