First Lady Melania Trump Hospitalized for Kidney 'Procedure'


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.

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Grisham told Fox News that the first lady “is doing well.”

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A White House official told Fox that President Donald Trump is expected to visit the first lady at Walter Reed, and that he spoke with his wife before the procedure and spoke to her doctor afterward.

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.

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.

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.

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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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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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