Trump Hammers Media for Promoting 'Sick Narrative' About Melania's Recovery

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First lady Melania Trump made a long-awaited public appearance this week about three weeks after undergoing a medical procedure.

Her absence in the interim sparked concern among some in the media that there was more to the story than White House reports initially indicated. Speculation grew on social media regarding the supposed nature of her sudden reclusive behavior following a period of uncharacteristic public exposure.

She had just hosted the administration’s first state dinner and unveiled her “Be Best” campaign prior to her hospitalization for what was described as a benign kidney condition

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Since the procedure, the first lady was not seen publicly and announced that she would not be attending the G7 summit in Canada.

The rumors that began to swirl died down following the first lady’s appearance earlier this week at a White House event honoring Gold Star families.

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In a two-part Twitter response to the controversy, Trump gave attention to some of the conspiracies that have surfaced online.

He blamed the “Fake News Media” for being “so unfair, and vicious” to his wife, suggesting journalists accepted as fact the theories peddled by some pundits and provocateurs.

“During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse,” he wrote. “All Fake, she is doing really well!”

The Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith was among the media figures to openly opine, tweeting on Sunday that he wished he didn’t believe her absence “could be about concealing abuse.”

Minutes after his first tweet, Trump claimed that a group of White House reporters purposely withheld the fact that they saw the first lady “walking merrily along to a meeting” last week.

“They never reported the sighting because it would hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever,” he wrote. “Fake News is really bad!”

During her convalescence, a tweet posted to Melania Trump’s account addressed the ongoing media attention surrounding her condition.

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“I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing,” she wrote on May 30. “Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”

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Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of newsrooms.
Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of newsroom settings. After covering crime and other beats for newspapers and radio stations across the U.S., he served as managing editor at Western Journalism until 2017. He has also been a regular guest and guest host on several syndicated radio programs. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and son.
Texas Press Association, Best News Writing - 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism - Averett University
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