The statement describes how, when the White House learned that only some of the players would attend, they tried to reconfigure the event but chose to call it off altogether when they learned how small that number was. However, in the room of FEMA officials-who were all clad in their dark suits, as were President Trump and VP Pence-Melania's look immediately catches the eye. Though there were questions surrounding her health following her long absence, there are no outward traces that anything is other than ideal.
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.
However, two reporters who saw the first lady did report that they saw Mrs. Trump walking with aides at the White House. Melania Trump stepped easily, smiled and was heard telling one worker "thank you very much".
Trump lambasted the media for entertaining the "fake news" rumors, and listed some of the theories that had been doing the Twitter rounds.
But the similarity of the tone of her tweet to those of her husband caused many social media users to doubt she was the one behind it. Melania Trump has yet to address the public since her return.
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It was her first appearance away from the White House since she and the president travelled to Joint Base Andrews to welcome home three Americans who had been released from detention in North Korea. Fox later tweeted that the misuse of the photos was an "error".