USA first lady to hang back on Trump's Camp David weekend

Donald Trump Jr. left followed by Tiffany Trump second from left Jared Kushner center and Ivanka Trump right walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday

Donald Trump Jr. left followed by Tiffany Trump second from left Jared Kushner center and Ivanka Trump right walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday

President Donald Trump left the White House Friday afternoon for a weekend at the presidential retreat in Maryland.

The first lady hasn't been seen publicly since May 10.

It has been more than three weeks since First Lady Melania Trump made her last public appearance when she joined the President at Andrews Air Force Base to welcome home hostages from North Korea on May 10th.

Other than her message chiding the media, the White House has been largely silent on the first lady's status.

Melania Trump's absence has been the subject of media speculation and even a bevy of online conspiracy theories.

Grisham told the DailyMail.com last week that the first lady has been meeting with her staff on the "Be Best" initiative and working on upcoming projects like the annual White House congressional picnic and Fourth of July plans.

Whatever the reason for her lengthy seclusion, those starting to suspect that the First Lady has disappeared altogether will at least have their concerns put to rest. The tweet also doesn't count as a public appearance, which means at the time of writing, it's now been 23 days since she was verifiably spotted. Asked how his wife was doing, a week after her return to the White House, he pointed towards what appeared to be an empty window, saying: "She's doing great. She's doing great", her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Newsweek in an email Friday. "She was hospitalised for nearly a week and is now home and recovering".

Last week the first lady sent out a message on Twitter regarding speculation about her whereabouts.

The event on Monday could be the only time that Melania Trump is seen for some time.

On the first couple's last day in Sicily before jetting back to Washington, they stopped at the United States naval air base in Sigonella, Sicily, where the first lady gave brief remarks to troops prior to the President taking the podium.

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