Melania Trump's attempt to quash speculation over public absence dramatically backfires

Larry Hoffman
June 2, 2018

Wild theories have been lately circulating on the internet over Melania's health and her whereabouts; and they essentially rose in number after she missed a charity sports event yesterday at the White House.

US First Lady Melania Trump, after surgery and three weeks out of public view, sought on Wednesday (May 30) to quell speculation about her health, saying she was "feeling great".

The White House announced four days later that she had been admitted to a hospital to treat a benign kidney condition.

'She is doing great. In the White House, of course.

One theory has suggested that Melania has called time on her marriage with Donald Trump and moved out of the White House. Others say she's cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Absence seems to make the heart grow fonder, however, because in the last month Melania's approval rating jumped 10 points to 57 percent.

She was also said to be working on forthcoming projects such as the annual White House picnic for members of Congress in June and Independence Day festivities.

Twitter users were quick to note that the tone of the statement, as well as the punctuation, sounded nothing like the first lady's typical tweeting style.

The first lady tweeted on Wednesday about the media "working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing".

CNN ran a full story on the topic, rehashing previous reporting on President Trump's weight loss efforts from the start of the year.

The Huffington Post pointed out that the phrases "working overtime", "speculating", "working hard" and "on behalf of the American people" feature frequently in the president's tweets.

Naturally enough people are jumping to all sorts of conclusions online as to what she's doing in her private time.

More partisan tweeters took the opportunity to use the first lady-is-missing theme to needle the Trump administration about its recent admission by immigration authorities that they had "lost track" of the whereabouts of about 1,500 immigrant children in their custody. "She's looking at us right there". I wouldn't characterise it as a long absence.

Former President Barack Obama played basketball until his knees began troubling him, switching later to cardio work on machines in the White House residence.

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