Melania Trump tweets 20 days after last public appearance

Donald Trump Malcolm Jenkins

Donald Trump Malcolm Jenkins

Gossip has mounted in the 20 days since she was last seen, with President Donald Trump as he welcomed home three U.S. detainees from North Korea.

"I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing", she wrote on Twitter.

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.

Many were convinced that Trump had moved back to New York City to prep for divorce after long-time rumors of a split, fueled by the first lady's seemingly cold body language toward her husband.

Rumors suggesting Melania Trump might have left the White House started soon after her last public sighting in Maryland, as her office confirmed that she underwent kidney surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., according to a report from CNN.

On Friday, reporters asked him about his wife's whereabouts on the White House lawn.

Others didn't conclude that the president was definitively behind the first lady's tweet, but agreed that Trump definitely didn't type such a statement.

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Mrs. Trump is often viewed as a reluctant first lady, but her lengthy absence from public view comes after what was probably her most high-profile period in the role to date.

"She's doing great. She's looking at us, right there", the president reportedly said, pointing to a window. Longtime friend Paolo Zampolli says he's exchanged several text messages with Melania Trump since her return from the hospital.

She also put on the Trump administration's first State Dinner, for France, overseeing all of the decisions for the evening, from the White House Kitchen Garden herbs served as part of the meal to the silver, china, tablecloths and seat cushions.

"Right there. She's doing great".

She was hospitalised on the 14th May and spent following the five days in hospital, recovering from a kidney operation. "She was hospitalised for nearly a week and is now home and recovering".

Since her surgery, Melania has been unseen and unheard from, causing much speculation on the internet as to her whereabouts.

The first lady's longtime friend, Paolo Zampolli, thinks "she wanted to spend some quality time with her family".

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