Trump breaks first lady’s silence on health, describes her ‘big operation’

"She wanted to go".

Although she remained out of the spotlight for almost a month, Melania Trump has proven that she is ready to get back to performing her duties as a first lady, appearing solo Sunday night as Honorary Chair at the annual gala that pays tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. "First lady's great, right there", the president said, pointing towards the White House.

Speculation mounted still as the president's trips to the G7 meeting in Canada and summit with North Korea in Singapore fast approached.

Dr. Jeffrey Berns, the associate chief of the nephrology division at Penn Medicine, said that a four-hour procedure would be "not unrealistic" if all of the preparation work - including cleaning the area, inserting lidocaine to numb the skin and inserting a catheter - was taken into account.

There are a range of recommended waiting periods to avoid discomfort and blood clotting while flying, but three experts, who have not treated the first lady, said that if Melania Trump's procedure had no complications, as the White House has repeatedly said, it would not be unheard-of for a physician to clear her for travel.

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He was convicted of fraud in 2013, although the charges were rejected by Interpol as being politically motivated. He said the arrest while on such a trip was ironic, but added: "Now that I'm released my mission carries on".


Melania, who is known for having a strong hand in her fashion decisions, donned a black, gold, and white Escada gown for the event, according to the Daily Mail.

This isn't the first time the first lady has likely used fashion as a way of speaking without saying a word.

First Lady Melania Trump on stage during the annual gala at Ford's Theatre to honor President Lincoln's legacy, on June 4, 2017 in Washington. "I haven't seen someone phone in this whole first lady thing since Betty Ford was still drinking". "Thank you, honey", he added.

Nobody outside the historic theater knew about it until shortly after 9:30 p.m., when an email from her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, showed up in reporters' in-boxes, and a tweet appeared on Trump's Twitter page. She attended a hurricane preparedness briefing at FEMA after recovering from what the president described as a "big operation" for a kidney condition on May 14.

But, he added, the president could have been taking into account pre-surgery preparation time and any post-operation treatment, in addition to the embolisation itself.

  • Sonia Alvarado