First lady Melania Trump underwent surgery Monday to treat a “benign kidney condition.”
A statement from the White House said the first lady is currently recovering at Walter Reed National Military Center and will likely be in the hospital for the rest of the week.
“This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said.
“Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere,” Grisham added.
JUST IN: First lady Melania Trump underwent procedure to treat benign kidney condition, her spokesperson says, and will remain at Walter Reed for the week.
"The procedure was successful and there were no complications." pic.twitter.com/apTEfoSOVb
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 14, 2018
Grisham told Fox News that the first lady “is doing well.”
Last week, the first lady was front and center unveiling her “Be Best” initiative aimed at helping children achieve their individual potential.
“It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits,” Melania Trump said.
Thank you to all who attended yesterday’s launch of #BeBest. I will continue focusing on ways to help children be their best selves. Please visit https://t.co/npPChhBGPT to learn more! pic.twitter.com/dMsSJHgMBs
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 8, 2018
She was also on hand early Thursday morning when three Americans freed by North Korea arrived back in the U.S.
Trump received high praise for her work overseeing the administration’s first state visit last month, as the first couple hosted French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 26, 2018
Recent first ladies have brought in outside event planners for state visits, but Trump did not, instead coordinating directly with the White House staff.
A CNN poll released earlier this month found Trump’s popularity has risen 10 points since January to 57 percent, while only 27 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of her.
According to the survey, 38 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of self-identified liberals hold favorable views of the first lady.
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