'Missing' Melania Trump breaks silence after 20 day-absence

Former US President George W. Bush speaks at a Ramadan dinner. File

Now, it appears this obvious joke about Melania's limited autonomy has become somewhat of a real concern, particularly after the first lady tweeted out an eerily familiar account dismissing her public absence.

In the early hours of May 10, Trump welcomed home three American hostages from North Korea, accompanying President Donald Trump to greet them on arrival at Joint Base Andrews; it would be the last time public appearance by the first lady for more than two weeks.

Before today's tweet, the most recent White House update on the FLOTUS came on May 14, when it was revealed she had an embolization procedure to treat a 'benign kidney condition'.

"She's doing really well", communications director Stephanie Grisham tells ABC News in a statement.

As first lady, Trump is low-key, not a spotlight seeker, and not a major presence on Twitter the way her husband is.

Despite her focus on children's issues, she is not now expected to attend a Sports and Fitness Day at the White House Wednesday that will seek to highlight the importance of youth sports participation.

According to a pool report, Trump responded by pointing to a window in the White House residence, and said: "She's doing great".

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The Pentagon first invited China to attend in 2014, in a gesture of goodwill and improving U.S. -Sino military relations. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea (SCS) region on Sunday as part of Freedom of Navigation exercise.

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As highlighted by Politico reporter Kyle Cheney, Trump's Thursday morning tweet attacking the media for its Russian Federation probe coverage begins with the same phrasing as a Wednesday night Melania Trump tweet attacking the media for asking questions about her whereabouts.

"Work hard, get in the game, play to win and, most of all, have a good time", the president told the youngsters.

"Rest assured, I'm here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children and the American people!" she said.

"Where are the 1500 missing children, and where is Melania Trump?".

Twenty-four hours before he takes the oath of office as the 45th U.S. president, Trump arrived in Washington on Thursday, determined to transform American politics over the next four years. I would not characterize it as a long absence.

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser, said that the Aspen Institute found that 37 percent of children played team sports on a regular basis in 2016, down from almost 45 percent in 2008.

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