President Donald Trump said before stepping on Air Force One for the G7 summit in Quebec on Friday morning that his wife Melania Trump was not traveling with him because she had a "big operation" and can not fly for a month-contrary to earlier statements suggesting she underwent a minor kidney procedure.
On Sunday, her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham confirmed that the first lady will not accompany the president to the G7 summit in Canada or the North Korea nuclear summit in Singapore.
She underwent surgery at Walter Reed hospital on May 14 for what aides called a "benign" kidney condition and was released on May 19.
As a reminder, here are the statements the First Lady's office put out at the time of her surgery and after she left the hospital.
She had not been seen publicly for weeks until she appeared at a meeting the president held with FEMA officials on hurricane preparedness this week.
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"The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania", Trump tweeted.
The seemingly unending speculation about her whereabouts appeared to irritate Trump and his wife.
Throughout the 25-second clip, Donald repeatedly pointed his finger toward the windows on the upper floor of the White House, telling the reporters that Melania, 48, is "right there".
"First lady is great".
"The procedure was successful and there were no complications", the statement read. She wore a simple black dress, which you can see if you squint real hard at those pics above. "Thank you to the Gold Star families that joined us in celebration & remembrance", the tweet said.
Some said Melania had moved back to NY or was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, head of the main investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, that President Trump has branded a "witch hunt".