In a press release Monday night time, Trump mentioned it was a privilege to welcome the army households to the White Home, and she or he thanked them and army members extra broadly for his or her service.
“To all those that have misplaced family members in service to our nation, our nation grieves with you,” her assertion learn. “It’s a solemn reminder that we, the American folks, are capable of stay as freely as we do due to the selfless sacrifices of our women and men in uniform. We stay indebted to every of them and we honor them in the present day, collectively, with their households.”
The Gold Star occasion on Monday was closed to the press, with no alternative for media photographs or video, a choice made out of respect for the army relations, Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham instructed CNN. It is the identical therapy an identical occasion the Trumps hosted final 12 months obtained.
An individual contained in the room instructed CNN’s Jeff Zeleny that the President made a lighthearted joke concerning the first girl’s prolonged absence from public view, saying the media was asking: “The place’s Melania?”
He went on for a minute or so, saying the media was speculating the place she has been.
“Did she go away him?” the President requested at one level, earlier than declaring that Melania Trump was, actually, sitting within the entrance row. The riff was playful, however a bit awkward contemplating the occasion was to honor Gold Star households, who’ve misplaced family members at warfare.
The President additionally talked concerning the robust economic system throughout the occasion, the individual contained in the room mentioned.
The primary girl’s lack of latest viewings, previous to Monday’s occasion, has created a storm of “the place is she?” memes on the web, and hypothesis on her whereabouts ran the gamut, from New York Metropolis to Palm Seaside. She was, in accordance a tweet Trump despatched final week, on the White Home, “feeling nice.”
Amid the scrutiny, and forward of the Gold Star reception, Grisham instructed CNN there was nothing to the rumors, blaming the media for piquing public curiosity.
“Mrs. Trump has at all times been a powerful and impartial girl who places her household, and definitely her well being above all else, and that will not change over a rabid press corps,” mentioned Grisham. “She’s assured in what she is doing and in her position, and is aware of the remaining is simply hypothesis and nonsense.”
Nevertheless, the amount of concern, and the cacophony of the conspiracy refrain, wasn’t solely from the media. Twitter was abuzz with theories from political observers, each on the left and the precise, with a public anxious to see their first girl.
On Could 10, the primary couple welcomed house American hostages from North Korea. Smiling for cameras from Andrews Air Pressure Base in Maryland, Melania Trump wore a checkered swimsuit and her ubiquitous excessive heels, showing joyful and nicely for the three a.m. celebration of residents returning to American soil. But 4 days later, on Could 14, the primary girl’s workplace launched the information that Trump had been admitted to Walter Reed Navy Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, for what her spokeswoman described as a medical process for a benign kidney situation.
The primary girl remained hospitalized for 5 nights following the process, which was profitable and with out complication, based on a press release issued by Grisham.
Nevertheless, Trump’s absence from public view would prolong for a number of extra days.
Previous to her medical incident, the primary girl’s recognition was on the rise, based on a latest CNN ballot, and she or he was seemingly rising extra snug within the highlight, internet hosting her first official state dinner and saying her formal platform initiatives.