President Donald Trump on Friday amped up the mystery surrounding his wife Melania's recent hospitalization for a kidney condition, revealing that she had had a "big operation" that lasted close to four hours but is "doing great".
The outing was her first public appearance in nearly a month following a kidney operation.
The first lady of Japan was in Washington D.C., Thursday but Melania didn't spend any time with her, according to reports. The first lady is expected to make her first public appearance since her surgery at a briefing Wednesday afternoon at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters.
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The seemingly unending speculation about her whereabouts appeared to irritate Trump and his wife.
Speaking to reporters from the South Lawn of the White House before taking off for the G7 Friday morning, President Trump explained why his wife won't be joining him.
"I tell you, I'm technically first lady Trump", Ivana said on the The Wendy Williams Show.
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"I'm amazed Mrs. Trump has been able to do it", she told AFP. "All Fake, she is doing really well!" he noted on the social media site.
That was the first time she had been seen publicly since May 10, when she was photographed standing alongside her husband at Joint Base Andrews as the couple greeted three Americans who had been released from prison in North Korea.
The President's revelation of the length and severity of what he described as Melania Trump's "operation", paints the embolization procedure as considerably more complex and serious than initially described.
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