Melania Trump hasn't appeared in public for 19 days

After all, before her surprise - to the public, at least - medical procedure, they had seen quite a good deal of the first lady, who is often described as intensely private.

Melania Trump's last public appearance was on 10 May, when she accompanied the president to Andrews Air Force base in Maryland to welcome home three American hostages from North Korea. The first lady joined President Donald Trump as he welcomed the three men back to the United States at Joint Base Andrews. "Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!" She spent six days at Walter Reed Military Hospital before it was announced that she would be heading home to the White House.

The message even spurred some to question if the first lady was being "held captive" inside the White House.

Since her surgery, Melania has been unseen and unheard from, causing much speculation on the internet as to her whereabouts. Soon, users on Twitter were speculating that she may have undergone a more complicated cosmetic surgery under the guise of an emergency.

Melania's admission to hospital came as a surprise, as there had been no public indication that she was unwell.

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The first lady's tweet landed while her husband was participating in a White House event that seemed tailor-made for a first lady, as famous athletes joined President Donald Trump and his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump on the South Lawn to promote youth sports and fitness. President Trump had embarked upon a mission to shed 10 to 15 pounds in January by altering his diet and with a new exercise plan to pull back from borderline obesity, CNN said in the report on Wednesday.

Trump has already established herself as an unconventional first lady, having delayed her arrival in Washington for five months to allow her 12-year-old son to finish the school year in NY.

During her time out of the public eye a handful of posts appeared on her social media accounts, commemorating Mother's Day and Memorial Day. But she reportedly didn't return to the White House until the following Saturday.

In April, she alone represented the administration at the Houston funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

But appearances notwithstanding, the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told Fox News that Mrs. Trump was "involved in several internal meetings with staff all last week" and is "planning events such as the congressional picnic and 4 of July".

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