Mrs. Trump is scheduled to join the president Monday in hosting a reception, closed to the press, for Gold Star families. Melania Trump hasn't been seen in public since she was hospitalized to undergo treatment for a benign kidney condition in mid-May, but on May 30, her Twitter account, which is run by her office, tweeted that she was "here at the White House with my family, feeling great, and working hard on behalf of children and the American people!". Especially after she missed a family trip to Camp David over the weekend that even Tiffany Trump, the least-seen daughter, attended. But first ladies are not elected and technically are still private citizens, and each one gets to tailor the job to suit her.
After more than three weeks out of sight, Melania Trump at last has teed up an appearance at a White House event. She spent almost a week in the hospital recovering.
"She is going to do this job her way", McBride said of the current first lady.
Last Wednesday, Melania Trump tweeted in response to news stories about her absence from public view. Late Sunday afternoon, Melania's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told ABC reporter and producer Meridith McGraw that the first lady would also be skipping this week's G7 Summit as well as her husband's June 12th Singapore meeting with Kim Jong-un. "It's her style and we just have to accept that". Melania is fine. They're probably just reminding her how to play well with others'.
Melania did attend last year's G7 summit in Italy and the G20 summit in Hamburg last July, but spent the first day of the latter gathering in her hotel suite due to violent protests.
The first lady sent early signals that she will not bow to speculation or public expectations about what she should be doing. Some of the more popular conspiracy theories suggest a longer-term recovery from plastic surgery or a condition that is not so benign; that she's left Trump and moved out of the White House entirely.
"Mrs. Trump is very strong and independent", Grisham said.