Trump attacks 'vicious and unfair' Melania rumours: 'All fake!'

Melania plans to skip ‘Celebration of America’ event

'They never reported the sighting because it would hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever.

Mr Trump expressed his outrage in a tweet, claiming the "Fake News Media" was "vicious" to his wife while she was recovering from surgery, declaring the US First Lady was "doing really well".

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan says the behaviour of the White House around the disappearance of the first lady has been "very strange" and directly led to freakish conspiracy theories, the hashtag #whereismelania, and plenty of material for late-night comedians.

On May 14, the First Lady underwent surgery what her office said was "a benign kidney condition". "She's confident in what she is doing and in her role, and knows the rest is just speculation and nonsense".

President Trump has apparently had enough, firing off a series of tweets that accuse reporters of lying about seeing her to keep the narrative going.

Reports suggested she was staying away from the White House, in a hotel owned by her husband, but he has denied any infidelity and rubbished speculation about their marriage.

The first lady is slated to appear at a Federal Emergency Management Agency event Wednesday afternoon with the president. Fake News is really bad!'

Melania Trump may not be elected, but she benefits from taxpayer dollars "to the tune of millions" for her staff, security and travels, says Sullivan.

"I wish that I didn't suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse".

In recent days, Trump supporters have seized on a tweet by a Rolling Stone writer to portray the media as hostile to the Trump family. I wish that the @POTUS wasn't a man with a history of abusing women, including those to whom he is married. POTUS has Article II authority over Secret Service.

The first lady joined the president for his first G7 trip to Italy previous year, where she joined the spouses of other G7 leaders at public events.



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