Melania to skip North Korea summit

Melania Trump will not attend G7 or Singapore summits

While Donald Trump was at Camp David with daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, son Donald Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Melania was notably absent.

Melania did attend last year's G7 summit in Italy and the G20 summit in Hamburg last July, but spent the first day of the latter gathering in her hotel suite due to violent protests. Some of the more popular conspiracy theories suggest a longer-term recovery from plastic surgery or a condition that is not so benign; that she's left Trump and moved out of the White House entirely.

"What has happened to Melania Trump?" read a Newsweek headline. So she could spend time doing other things.

It is certainly unusual for Melania to not attend these summits, as the first lady's presence - while not mandatory - is nearly always expected; and, until she provides a better explanation for her absence, the public are obviously going to assume that she and President Trump are experiencing marital difficulties.

It will be the first official event she has attended - and her first sighting - since May 10, when she was seen greeting the three American detainees newly freed by North Korea. Trump assured those present that Melania wouldn't miss the reception "for anything" and referred to her surgery as "a little problem".

"It was a privilege to welcome Gold Star Families to the White House today to recognize our Nation's fallen heroes and their families", she said in the statement.

Or someone has designed a robot that looks just like the first lady, at least from a distance. She was released from the hospital with no complications on 19 May.

The Gold Star event on Monday was closed to the press, with no opportunity for media photos or video, a decision made out of respect for the military family members, Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN. "It's her style and we just have to accept that".

"Mrs. Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts her family, and certainly her health above all else, and that won't change over a rabid press corps".

Still, plenty of evidence that Melania Trump is alive and, most importantly, well and not on some far flung island counting hundred dollar bills and hanging out with Elvis and Tupac.

Melania did not speak at the event and only provided comments in the form of a pre-prepared statement issued to media, which is further evidence of how extremely real and active in White House activities she is. She's not scheduled to accompany Trump to an annual world leaders' summit in Canada this weekend, or when he meets with North Korea's leader in Singapore next week.

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